Shena coordinates the support we offer to countries around the world for the development of their National Ecosystem Assessments. She leads our capacity building and knowledge-exchange efforts to help national policy-setting and decision-making fully account for the true value of biodiversity and ecosystem services. As part of this work, she collaborates with UNDP, UNESCO, IKI, 12 countries and other partners. She is also involved in the Centre’s efforts to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Shena has a wealth of experience in topics related to the linkages between biodiversity and climate change. She led the Centre’s engagement with the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and has been involved in efforts to understand biodiversity impacts of restoration policies under the RESTORE+ project. Shena as also been involved in the assessment of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation in a range of ecosystems, and especially providing technical support to REDD+ countries on spatial planning, multiple benefits and safeguards. She has supported private sector initiatives to account for the compounding effects of climate change in biodiversity within risk management.
The aim of this initiative is to build capacities at the national level to undertake national ecosystem assessments and support the uptake of the assessments into decision making.