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Matt Jones

Head of Programme | Business and Biodiversity

Matt leads a team working with businesses and their influencers to embed natural capital within private sector decisions. The Business and Biodiversity Programme ensures that businesses have the incentives, capacity, knowledge and data necessary to take well informed decisions which might impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Previous experience & expertise

Matt joined UNEP-WCMC in 2010 to work with private sector partners. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for leading the Proteus Partnership, engagement with the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, and delivering projects with companies to improve their approaches to biodiversity management. Before joining UNEP-WCMC Matt worked as a consultant to the energy, infrastructure, transport and finance sectors. He began his career working in East Africa on projects aimed at finding solutions to human wildlife conflict. He has an MA and MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.

Recent work by Matt Jones

Proteus |

Matt is responsible for day-to-day management of Proteus, a unique collaboration between UNEP-WCMC and leading extractives companies, to improve, disseminate and develop capacity to use and interpret biodiversity data and information in decision making.

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool |

Matt leads UNEP-WCMC’s technical engagement in IBAT, a tool designed to deliver combined biodiversity data to businesses, development finance institutions and research and conservation organizations. IBAT is managed through the collaborative partnership of Conservation International, BirdLife International, International Union for Conservation of Nature and UNEP-WCMC.

Biodiversity Prioritization |

Matt has worked with leading businesses to develop methodologies to assess and prioritize their operations on the basis of presence of biodiversity values. These projects have supported companies in making decisions on where to invest time and resources in monitoring and managing their impacts on biodiversity.