Melanie Heath

Senior Programme Director - Global Office

Role: CCI Council, TRAFFIC


Melanie is the Senior Programme Director for the Global Office at TRAFFIC. She has been involved with CCI since it was founded in 2017 in part through her previous role as Director of  Science, Policy and Information with BirdLife International. Her role there was to develop strong and interdependent workstreams of scientific research, information management, and policy development across the BirdLife Partnership and to stimulate and support BirdLife Partners to set and meet science and policy goals. Melanie was Programme Director for two of BirdLife’s Conservation Programmes  – the  Climate Change Programme and the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Programme. Melanie headed the BirdLife delegation at UNFCCC meetings (2008 – present) and several other meetings of multilateral environmental agreements. Melanie has authored several BirdLife publications and policies including Endemic Bird Areas of the World, Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in Europe and Birds in Europe.