Sara supports the centre’s Healthy Ocean Strategy, primarily working to build the Ocean+ initiative, utilising her technical data and GIS skillset. Working closely with UNEP-WCMC’s data manager, she is exploring new pathways of gathering and disseminating biodiversity data. She also carries out spatial analysis for the MERCES project, supporting innovative ways of displaying the results and data gathered throughout the project.
Sara has a BSc degree in Environment and Natural resource management from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and a Joint Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences Policy and Management (MESPOM) from Central European University (Budapest), the University of Manchester, and the University of the Aegean (Mytilini). She gained previous work experience with the Poverty-Environment Initiative of UN Environment in Nairobi, and the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, where she conducted research on Biodiversity and landscape fragmentation indicators, among other things.
Sara contributes to the development and constant improvement of the Ocean+ initiative, by providing technical data management input and GIS support. Based on the conviction that good decisions are based on good information, Proteus invests to improve the quality of biodiversity data for the benefit of biodiversity decision makers worldwide. The project aims to ensure compliance with international regulations, such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, and to manage local operational impacts on biodiversity through the provision of these high quality datasets.
Sara works with the MERCES project to support the mapping of results and methods for an effective communication of the project outcomes. The project focuses on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with the aim of: 1) assessing the potential of different technologies and approaches; 2) quantifying the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts; 3) defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of the different restoration approaches.