Shaenandhoa works in a variety of projects related to the linkages between biodiversity and climate change. These include the assessment of nature-based solutions for climate-change mitigation in a range of ecosystems, and especially the potential for multiple benefits from REDD+. This involves technical support to REDD+ countries on spatial planning and multiple benefits
Before joining the Centre, Shaenandhoa worked as lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Simón Bolívar running the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Laboratory. Her work focused on the impacts of land-cover change on endangered Neotropical carnivores, with particular emphasis on issues related to protected areas and connectivity. She is also experienced in providing scientific advice to support decision-making, and assisting local communities to secure the protection of key ecosystem services. Shaenandhoa has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Bear Specialist Group (SSC-IUCN), the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the International Connectivity Conservation Network.
Shaenandhoa contributes to the Centre’s UN-REDD Programme work. Recently, this has included GIS analysis focused on mapping potential benefits of REDD+, and the development of publication materials for Paraguay and Panama.
Shaenandhoa is a member of the team carrying out the Centre’s work on the contribution of non-forest ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has developed a series of case studies showcasing the importance of drylands, grasslands and other open-canopy ecosystems for mitigating climate change, sustaining local livelihoods, conserving biodiversity and securing revenues at the national level.