Biography

Dr. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne is based at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and explores the distribution of and values associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services across landscapes. Over the past decade, Ciara has led the development of tools and methods to link science to the needs of decision-makers, with products that include an ecosystem services Toolkit for the Canadian government, and a mechanism for Technical and Scientific Cooperation for parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Much of the work that Ciara has engaged in was inspired by gaps identified in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, for which Ciara served as the coordinator of the Subglobal Assessment Working Group.

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The Earth system is now arguably in a novel, uncertain planetary era – the Anthropocene – in which human activities are a major planetary force1. These changes have largely been brought about through efforts to increase human wellbeing, particularly through conversion of land for food production and the extraction and use of fossil fuels2. …

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