Experts' profiles - Matt Walpole
Matt Walpole
Matt Walpole is a 36 year-old conservation biologist who has recently joined the UNEP family after many years engaged in field-focused conservation.

After graduating from Cambridge, Matt spent ten years with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to conservation research and practice in the tropics, particularly parts of Africa and Asia. This included finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict in Kenyas Masai Mara National Reserve, and assessing the impacts of ecotourism as a conservation and development tool in Indonesia. In 2004 Matt moved back to Cambridge and into the NGO sector to direct Fauna and Flora Internationals Biodiversity and Human Needs programme, exploring the widespread links between poverty and conservation and developing staff and organizational capacity to deliver multiple benefits from FFIs field programmes.

Matt joined the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre at the beginning of 2008 to lead the Ecosystem Assessment Programme. This encompasses a broad range of work on biodiversity indicators, ecosystem services and linkages to human wellbeing, including research, capacity-building and the provision of decision-making tools. The team also provides support to the secretariats of a range of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, in particular the CBD. A major emphasis of current work is the coordination of the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (2010BIP), which is tracking global progress towards achieving the 2010 CBD Target of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss. Amongst other things, Matt sits on the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on indicators for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), responsible for ensuring that the biodiversity indicators are fully represented in MDG reporting.
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