Jessica’s main role is to provide administrative, organisational and technical support to the maintenance of the World Database on Protected Areas, Protected Planet and associated projects. She identifies and collates key strategic Protected Areas datasets, for the WDPA and associated datasets, and incorporates data from data providers into central master datasets on an on-going basis. Furthermore, she implements and delivers a comprehensive update and prioritisation schedule for a set of focal countries in the WDPA.
Jessica joined UNEP-WCMC after graduating with an MSc in Conservation Biology from DICE at the University of Kent in September 2017. Her research during this time entailed redefining paper parks and providing an initial assessment of their prevalence within the WDPA. Prior to this she was managing an overseas research project in South Africa where she explored behaviour and cognition in Cape Ground Squirrels. She has also investigated the factors contributing to the increase in migration of Maasai into the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and has a background in both physical and human geography.
This pilot project entails updating the GIS boundaries of Ramsar sites – Wetlands of International Importance - for the Ramsar website and the WDPA. This will help us better understand how Ramsar sites contribute to the global protected area network
Jessica provides support to a set of countries within the WDPA, meaning that she supports updates and data management for those countries, ensuring the information is accurate and up to date.
Jessica has a supportive role in the ongoing collation of the data for the ICCA Registry, which aims to recognise how many of these important conservation areas exist globally, and how they complement protected areas under other governance types.