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Sebastian Bekker

Programme Officer | Business and Biodiversity

Sebastian’s role in the Business and Biodiversity Programme is to lead the development of analyses, tools and products related to natural capital, including biodiversity, for delivery to business and finance sector audiences. His recent focus has been on managing the development of the ENCORE tool. He also provides strategic oversight and coordination of technical aspects of the Proteus Partnership, including capacity development through online and in-person training.

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

ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure) |

Sebastian coordinates the development of the ENCORE tool. ENCORE is a tool developed primarily for a finance sector audience. It helps users understand potential direct dependencies and impacts of economic activities on natural capital.

The Proteus Partnership |

Sebastian oversees the delivery of technical aspects of the Proteus Partnership, including the provision of data, training, and technical support to Proteus Partners. The Proteus Partnership is a forum of the most forward-thinking companies across key sectors that partner with UNEP-WCMC.

Biodiversity sensitivity mapping |

Sebastian has worked with business partners and colleagues across UNEP-WCMC to develop methods that improve understanding of biodiversity risks of businesses’ operations at site, regional and global levels. This enables companies to make better-informed decisions and manage important biodiversity features present at or near their operational sites.