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Elise Belle

Senior Programme Officer | Protected Areas

Elise’s role is to lead on activities related to science and assessment within the Protected Areas Programme; manage external relationships and partnerships including: enhancing existing collaborations with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and coordinate the further development and coordination of new projects. Her role also involves playing a driving role in the analyses of protected areas indicators and scientific assessments, the analysis of different governance mechanisms, and monitoring climate change impacts on protected areas.

Previous experience & expertise

After several years of academic research, Elise decided to engage in the field of biodiversity conservation. She first worked for a local marine conservation organization focused on the creation of new community-managed marine protected areas in Madagascar. She was then in charge of the research and development projects of an international volunteer-based conservation organization based in London. Elise holds a Masters in population biology, genetics and behavioral ecology, obtained in France, and a PhD from the University of Sussex, UK.

Recent work by Elise Belle

Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change in West Africa | Project Manager

Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) is a five year project funded by the Global Environment Facility aimed at developing protected area networks more resilient to the effects of climate change. It will develop methodologies to assess the vulnerability of protected areas to climate change and strategies to improve protected area management, and build capacity to use these tools in the West Africa region.

World Heritage Comparative Analyses | Project Leader

Elise is developing a comprehensive portfolio of projects related to natural and mixed World Heritage properties in collaboration with IUCN. In particular, the World Heritage Comparative Analyses contributes to the IUCN evaluation of natural World Heritage nominations.

Connectivity Conservation Scoping Project | Project Leader

This scoping project was undertaken for UNEP to identify national and international needs regarding connectivity conservation with the aim of designing a larger support programme.