Jenny Merriman

Senior Ecosystem Services Officer
BirdLife International

Role: CCI collaborative projects, Project lead, Project team member


I lead the technical and strategic development of BirdLife International’s global scientific work on natural capital and ecosystem services (the concept of valuing nature and its services through the benefits they provide to people) based at the Global Secretariat in Cambridge. This includes providing technical support and training to BirdLife partners to use the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA), a tool for site-scale ES assessment developed in partnership with other CCI organisations. I coordinate the continued development of TESSA on behalf of the steering committee. I also contribute to the CCI Working Group on Natural Capital and Sustainable Economies which focuses on improving the way in which businesses, governments and civil society understand and incorporate biodiversity values into their processes and decisions. I manage the CCI PRISM project which aims to provide conservation practitioners with simple, accessible methods for evaluating the impact of small-medium conservation projects. I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, obtained an MSc in Environmental Practice: Biodiversity Conservation in 2008 and have 10+ years’ experience of working in conservation.