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Kelly Malsch

Head of Programme | Species

Recently appointed as Head of Programme, Kelly works on a wide range of projects in support of the species-related conventions, with a particular emphasis on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). She is currently leading the Species+ project - a major redevelopment of UNEP-WCMC’s species databases. Kelly has technical expertise in trade data analysis, management of biodiversity data and database design and development.

Previous experience & expertise

Kelly has ten years experience of work at the science-policy interface of international conservation, with a particular expertise in multilateral environmental agreements such as CITES, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Kelly has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Pomona College in California and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. Before joining UNEP-WCMC she worked for EcoSecurities, where she researched climate change policy, and Defenders of Wildlife, where she focused on international biodiversity conservation in the context of CITES and regional fisheries agreements.

Recent work by Kelly Malsch

Species+ | Project Manager

Kelly is overseeing the development of a new online data platform for managing species and trade information in the context of biodiversity Conventions: Species+. The aim of Species+ is to provide CITES and CMS Parties with access to the information needed to issue permits for trade and to manage migratory species in order to improve species management.

CITES data analysis and support | Oversight

Kelly provides oversight and technical expertise in the context of analyses of CITES trade data produced by UNEP-WCMC. Such analyses include: the Review of Significant Trade outputs, CITES at 40: Perspectives, trade patterns and future prospects, and the annual Analysis of EU Annual Reports to CITES.

Convention on Migratory Species and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds | Project Manager

Kelly managed the production of two analyses for the CMS Family: the Analysis of CMS National Reports 2011 and the Analysis of AEWA National Reports for the triennium 2009-2011. Both analyses provided insight into the implementation of CMS and AEWA based on national reports submitted by Parties.