Jessica resides in South Africa and is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MSc in GIS and environmental management and a BSc (Hons) in conservation. Her doctoral research focuses on local governance of natural resources in Namibia specifically sustainability, access and benefits of non-timber forest products. In addition, she is a researcher at CapeNature determining how best sustainable tourism can stimulate local economic development and promote biodiversity conservation. Prior to this she worked for five years with rural communities in northern Namibia supporting community-conservation including natural resource management, development and management of natural product social enterprises and capacity building in biotrade and community-based conservation. Other interests include supporting the development of small-medium enterprises. Jessica is a committee member of the For Progress Namibia Project.