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Hannah Thomas

Senior Programme Officer | Marine

Hannah’s work involves the strategic, scientific and technical development of regional and global marine projects, particularly focused upon Marine Protected Areas; marine spatial planning; marine assessment; and policy support. She is very interested in multidisciplinary approaches to systematic conservation planning; the process of stakeholder engagement and consensus-building; trade-offs between conservation and resource use; and the role of decision support tools in delivering effective marine planning.

Previous experience & expertise

Prior to working at the Centre, Hannah worked closely with a wide range of marine users to identify the UK’s recently designated Marine Conservation Zones. She has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and 10 years of terrestrial conservation experience, having managed protected areas in the Republic of Congo and undertaken field assessments of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in South-West Madagascar.

Recent work by Hannah Thomas

Developing and testing area-based planning tools in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction | Project Manager

Hannah’s role is to develop this Global Environment Facility project document to submission, with a view to the project commencing in Spring 2014.

Review of Marine Spatial Planning in practice | Project Manager

Hannah will be project managing this review, which involves coordinating multiple expert inputs. She will be undertaking the technical review writing herself, coordinating and facilitating the expert workshops and communicating with partners. The project is a collaboration between UNEP and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.

Aichi Biodiversity Target 11: How well are marine ecosystem services protected by Marine Protected Areas | Co-principle Investigator

Hannah is working with project partners The Nature Conservancy and the University of Cambridge to examine how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can protect and deliver specific ecosystem services from mangroves and coral reefs, and using the World Database on Protected Areas to develop a set of spatial MPA layers necessary to assess the levels of ecosystem service delivery.