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The BIOPAMA Reference Information System is brought to you by a dedicated group of people distributed across the globe. The core development is done by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, based in Italy. Across the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) region, IUCN have regional programme officers and technical officers for the regional observatories, and we work with numerous partners.

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The JRC BIOPAMA Team, Ispra, Italy

Lucy has a research background in spatial ecology, remote sensing andenvironmental modelling, and industrial GIS software development experience. Lucy is in charge of development for the new DOPA Explorer, Validator and Analyst Web clients, and the modeling services that support them.

DOPA Developer

Luca is a geographer with over seven years of experience working as GIS analyst and Geospatial web services developer, along with a specialisation in Geographic Information Systems. He joined the JRC in 2013, and is in charge of developing the Conservation mapping project within the new DOPA portal.

GIS Developer

Bastian is a protected area specialist with a background in conservation science and policy. He has been working on protected areas and World Heritage sites globally for over 10 years, including many years at IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. His qualifications include degrees in Geography and Conservation Biology, and he is interested in a wide range of topics from protected area planning, management and monitoring to mainstreaming biodiversity into decision making. Bastian joined the JRC in June 2013 to support the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) project.

Protected Area Specialist

Andreas holds a MSc in Geography with specialisation in Remote Sensing. He worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome dealing with land cover related issues in South East Asia. In 2005 he moved to the JRC, where he manages work on issues of competition for land and landcover change in Africa. He is also coordinating the development of the tools designed to measure pressure on protected areas, in particular through the assessment of the landcover change in and around protected areas in the framework of BIOPAMA.

East Africa Coordinator and land cover specialist

Michele works on developing IT systems, especially GIS, and supports the back-end architecture of BIOPAMA and other systems, including the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the World Atlas on Desertification (WAD), Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) and European Soil Portal (EUSOILS).

Systems Analyst

James leads the technical development of this website, using his expertise in the Drupal Content Management Framework. Previously, James was working for the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.

BIOPAMA Web Developer

Gregoire is a zoologist with around 20 years of experience in developing information systems for environmental monitoring & modeling. Gregoire heads the Biodiversity and Ecosystems institutional projects of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at JRC and responsible in BIOPAMA for Southern Africa. He cooridinates the developments and web services of the Digital Observatory forProtected Areas (DOPA), many of which are used by BIOPAMA

DOPA Coordinator

Mariagrazia is a biologist with a PhD in marine ecology, marine resources management and conservation. Mariagrazia has a background in experimental ecology methods to highlight biodiversity changes in relation to human impacts and protection measures (Marine Protected Areas) and in applying causal framework (such as Driving-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) to describe the interactions between society and the environment. She joined the JRC in October 2013 to support the BIOPAMA project. She is also a contact point within JRC for the Caribbean region in BIOPAMA.

Marine Protected Areas Specialist

Steve has worked for 25 years in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management. In addition to overall coordination, and a special interest in the architecture of the Reference Information System, he is also a contact point within JRC for the Pacific region in BIOPAMA.

BIOPAMA Coordinator at JRC

ecosystem service modelling, mapping and valuation

Zoltan received his Ph.D. degree in Geomatics with emphasis on remote sensing and geographical information systems. His main responsibility within the BIOPAMA project is to develop and maintain a land cover change monitoring system for the ACP countries and to derive habitat maps for biodiversity and conservation monitoring.

Geospatial scientist

The BIOPAMA Regional Observatory Teams (coordinated by IUCN)

 

Eastern and Southern Africa

Christine Mentzel joined the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in October 2012 in the Conservation Areas and Species Diversity Programme. She is based in the South Africa Country Office in Pretoria and is the coordinator of the BIOPAMA project in the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region. The focus of this work is on supporting dialogue between the Protected Areas sector and other sectors through providing relevant information for decision-making (through the RRIS) and developing negotiation skills.

Seninor Programme Officer

Beryl was appointed by IUCN ESARO in 2015 and is based within the EAC Secretariat located in Arusha, Tanzania, and aims at supporting more effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation in the region. She holds a Masters’ degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resource Management. She brings to the Observatory her experience working with Geographic Information Systems and Remote sensing, having worked for the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and for the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).

Technical Officer

Selwyn has close to 20 years’ experience in the field of information management, as it applies to all spheres of government, provincial and national conservation agencies as well as vast international experience, with specific emphasis on supporting African partnerships. His experience include working with all types of biodiversity information, finding the best information management solution to support research, planning, decision-making, policy formulation, monitoring and reporting. Selwyn is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Contact Selwyn at: Selwyn.willoughby@iucn.org

East and Southern Africa Technical Advisor

Central and Western Africa

Patrice Taah Ngalla is a Forester by training and holds a Master’s degree in GIS with Remote Sensing with more with more than 17 years of practical field experience in their applications in sustainable development, protected areas management, natural resources management, urban planning, and disaster monitoring, climate change and REDD/MRV, biodiversity conservation. He is currently the BIOPAMA Technical Officer for West and Central Africa and Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

BIOPAMA Technical Officer for West and Central Africa

Pacific

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Pacific BIOPAMA Coordinator

A Samoan national, Anama worked for the Government of Samoa in the field of coastal fisheries management, working with villages towards community-based fisheries management, including domestic fisheries landing management. She has worked with the IUCN Oceania marine programme and, more recently, with SPREP and UNEP.

BIOPAMA Project Officer

Ainsof So’o is the Systems Developer/Analyst for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) based in Apia, Samoa. He currently maintains and develops corporate applications and web applications for SPREP and its member countries and territories. Mr. So’o has also developed database systems and websites for Individuals, Businesses and Government Ministries whilst working in the private sector. Mr. So’o is a recipient of the prestigious Australian Leadership Award where he attained a Master of Information Technology in Software Architecture from the Queensland University of Technology as well as leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Computing Systems from New Zealand and a PRINCE2 Project Management certification. His passion is using ICT to enrich the lives of the Pacific people.

Systems Developer & Analyst

IUCN, Central and Western Africa

Sébastien is a generalist conservation biologist. He trained as a molecular biologist before entering the field of conservation genetics with his M.Sc. (Lund, Sweden), Ph.D. (Lausanne, Swiss) and post-doc. (ZSL and Cambridge Uni, U.K.), additionally graduating as a management professional (Glasgow, U.K.). He has been involved in teaching, research and conservation on a project basis with a wide variety of taxa (reptiles, amphibians, birds, large mammals, great apes) in diverse habitats (Scandinavia, Alps, Jura, Pyrennees, Australian and Saudi deserts, tropical forests of West Africa and South East Asia, Sub-saharan savannah), inside and outside protected areas. Sustained engagement with a wide range of actors, scientific peers, conservation experts, local communities, governments, military, hunters, farmers and, in West Africa, with the mining sector has been an integral part of these projects. Since 2008, Sébastien has been the country director for Guinea for the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation. He established the representation in the country, designed and implemented biodiversity management plans in partnership with the mining sector, conducted country wide biodiversity surveys, environmental education programs and Great Apes research.

West and Central Africa Regional Coordinator for IUCN Protected Areas and Biodiversity program .

Caribbean

Julian has a background in Ecology and Natural Resource Management. His interests are in the design, planning and decision-making processes associated with protected areas (PA), both terrestrial and marine. One of the major outputs from his PhD research was the design of a PA for critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles nesting in Barbados. Another interest is the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS; primarily ArcGIS) as a tool for spatial and temporal analysis.

Technical Officer

Jason Williams, Technical Consultant, Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway. Jason is Belizean and holds a Master's Degree in Integrated Management of Coastal Zones from the Marine Research Centre, La Havana, Cuba. He has worked in Antigua and Barbuda and has experience working on the collection and management of data/information, Geographic Information Systems and environment statistics. Recently he held the position of Technical Officer for the Caribbean Gatway.

The IUCN BIOPAMA Team

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Sébastien is a generalist conservation biologist. He trained as a molecular biologist before entering the field of conservation genetics with his M.Sc. (Lund, Sweden), Ph.D. (Lausanne, Swiss) and post-doc. (ZSL and Cambridge Uni, U.K.), additionally graduating as a management professional (Glasgow, U.K.). He has been involved in teaching, research and conservation on a project basis with a wide variety of taxa (reptiles, amphibians, birds, large mammals, great apes) in diverse habitats (Scandinavia, Alps, Jura, Pyrennees, Australian and Saudi deserts, tropical forests of West Africa and South East Asia, Sub-saharan savannah), inside and outside protected areas. Sustained engagement with a wide range of actors, scientific peers, conservation experts, local communities, governments, military, hunters, farmers and, in West Africa, with the mining sector has been an integral part of these projects. Since 2008, Sébastien has been the country director for Guinea for the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation. He established the representation in the country, designed and implemented biodiversity management plans in partnership with the mining sector, conducted country wide biodiversity surveys, environmental education programs and Great Apes research.

West and Central Africa Regional Coordinator for IUCN Protected Areas and Biodiversity program .