Monica Barcellos Harris heads the Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Programme at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. She is responsible for managing the Centre's Proteus partnership with over 20 multinationals, aimed at making biodiversity data and tools available to inform and strengthen private sectors decision-making. As part of her work, she is leading a study on standards and certification schemes adopted by the private sector and also working in collaboration with the Global Reporting Initiative and CREM to develop indicators on ecosystem services for businesses.
Monica has 15 years experience in conservation, including cross-sector partnerships, international conservation and policies, biodiversity action plans and offsets. She has direct experience on the development of strategies, tools and guidance to integrate environmental good practice into business processes. Prior to joining UNEP-WCMC, Monica worked for Fauna & Flora International (FFI), also helping businesses improve environmental practices and mitigate impacts on biodiversity. Before that Monica worked for Conservation International (CI) in Brazil, where she was the director for the Pantanal Programme, the largest wetland in the world, working with an array of partners to implement biodiversity corridors.
Monica is Brazilian and has a degree in Zoology and an MSc in Aquatic Resources Management from Kings College London, UK. She also has a Post-graduate degree in Cross Sectoral Partnerships for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.