Jerry leads work at the Centre on number of intergovernmental agreements and processes, with a particular focus on promoting more effective decision making within these agreements and processes through appropriate use of data, information and knowledge. His programme also works on identifying options for more coherent implementation of international agreements and processes.
Jerry has been working at what is now UNEP-WCMC for more than 30 years in a range of different capacities, including establishment of both the World Database on Protected Areas and the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. Prior to joining the Centre he spent five years carrying out research on the distribution of insects in upland streams on the edge of the Peak District National Park in England, and before that was working for the British Trust for Ornithology.
As Head of Conventions and Policy Support, Jerry has overall responsibility for a number of key projects including:
Providing support for the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, through direct support for the secretariat, and through collaboration with a number of partner organizations supporting related capacity building.
Identifying opportunities for increasing coherence in implementation of biodiversity-related agreements at the national level, working with national focal points of the different agreements to share their experiences.
Coordinating implementation of an agreement with the Convention on Biological Diversity which identifies those areas where the Centre can most effectively provide support.