Rachael provides support to a range of projects and activities within the Marine Programme. In particular, she specialises in marine policy and governance issues both within national jurisdictions and in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Rachael also undertakes work on ecosystem-based management tools and area-based planning approaches at different scales, exploring their potential to help deliver upon regional and global commitments.
Rachael is an interdisciplinary researcher with a range of research and field skills in marine policy, ocean governance and environmental geoscience. In 2015, Rachael graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. During her time at university, Rachael researched numerous policy issues, including the potential for a new agreement on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, as well as analysing the complexities faced by Small Island Marine States in adapting to climate change-induced sea-level rise. Rachael initially joined the Centre as an intern within the Protected Areas Programme, working on connectivity conservation, before joining the Marine Programme. During her time at UNEP-WCMC, Rachael has been involved in a number of projects, including working on cross-border marine spatial planning, the creation of a database and data layer of marine spatial planning processes, the development of a horizon scan and a set of legal options for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and a range of projects on area-based planning.
Rachael is part of a team, working in partnership with two Regional Seas, to develop and test different area-based planning tools in areas beyond national jurisdiction. She has undertaken technical work to identify the features of area-based planning tools, currently only used within jurisdictional waters, which may enable their implementation in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This work will be used to support the development of ecosystem-based management tools for implementation in two pilot regions: the southeast Pacific and Western Indian Ocean regions, and to support ongoing negotiations on a new legally binding agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
Rachael has undertaken research to determine the extent to which different types of area-based management tool can contribute towards the delivery of ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals. She has compiled numerous case studies of management tools from around the globe, which provide evidence of enabling conditions and barriers to effective ecosystem-based management. Rachael has used this information to support the development of a guidance document for the design and implementation of ecosystem-based management tools at a range of different scales to support the transition to a healthy ocean.
Rachael has worked with local stakeholders in Alderney to identify current and future trends in local marine activities, and identify stakeholder priorities for the sustainable use of the sea around Alderney. As part of this project, Rachael has employed a range of social science and technical skills to conduct stakeholder interviews and surveys, create a short film highlighting stakeholder priorities, and help in the design and maintenance of a website dedicated to the Alderney Marine Forum. This work has been used to inform the development of a marine management plan for the sea around Alderney and contributes to the Centre’s work to support effective ocean governance at the National scale.