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Sebastian Bekker

Programme Officer | Business and Biodiversity

Sebastian’s role in the Business and Biodiversity Programme is to analyse and synthesise biodiversity data for delivery to Proteus partners. He also coordinates with internal and external partners to help progress the Programme’s ongoing projects.

Previous experience & expertise

Sebastian joined UNEP-WCMC after a Research Assistant position with the University of Sheffield and BirdLife International where he assessed existing data on the environmental and social impacts of natural rubber production to inform an emerging sustainability movement. Prior to this he completed an internship in BirdLife International’s Corporate Engagement Team in which he developed a framework to assess the impacts of their corporate partnerships. Sebastian completed his higher education at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, where he obtained an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity, with a Research Project that examined the effects of climate change on songbird ecology.

Recent work by Sebastian Bekker

Pollination, food security and supply chain sustainability |

Sebastian is working on a Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund project that aims to conserve wild pollinators and increase food security by strengthening the sustainable management of company supply chains.

Proteus |

Sebastian provides support for the Proteus partnership, a unique collaboration between UNEP-WCMC and leading extractive companies to disseminate biodiversity data and information for use in decision-making.

Biodiversity risk mapping |

Sebastian is working with UNEP-WCMC’s business partners to develop methods to improve the understanding of the biodiversity risks of their operations at site, regional and global levels. This work enables companies to make better informed decisions and manage important biodiversity features present at or near their operational sites.