Tessa Goverse is a Programme Officer at UNEP tasked with managing environmental assessment and science projects funded by the Global Environment Facility. Prior to this position she worked six and a half year for the Division of Early Warning and Assessment on the thematic and policy chapters of the 3rd and 4th Global Environment Outlook (GEO). In this capacity she coordinated the development of the final policy chapter of GEO-4. She also actively contributed to the design and implementation of the GEO Year Book series and various targeted GEO products. Tessa holds an MSc in Biology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and completed a PhD on National Systems of Innovation. In her recent work she focuses on indicators and knowledge management systems for biodiversity, land degradation and international waters, and in her free time she enjoys exploring the African continent.