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Ali, Natasha

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Job title: 

CBD Policy Advisor

Conservation, Living Collections and Estates
Conventions and Policy
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons). University of Sussex, 1999
  • MSc. University of Birmingham, 2001

Convention on Biological Diversity policy, implementation and capacity-building, focusing on access to genetic resources, benefit-sharing, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and Biodiversity and Climate Change.

  • Work with Kew staff, partners, UK and overseas policymakers and botanical institutions worldwide to build understanding and promote implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), particularly its provisions on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).
  • Provide advice on CBD issues at Kew and overseas, and implementation tools for Kew staff such as partnership agreements, standard documents, an intranet staff guide and training courses.
  • Represent ex situ collections and communicate practical implementation issues at ABS policy fora.
  • Advise the UK government (Defra) on ABS policy development and practical implications for UK research collections and gardens, and participate in CBD/ABS meetings as a member of the UK delegation.
  • Design of capacity-building tools for botanical gardens, herbaria and universities, such as 'The CBD for Botanists', and modules for Kew's international diploma courses, UK university courses and the Kew Diploma in Horticulture course.
  • Currently tracking and assessing Kew's contribution to the the CBD work programme on Biodiversity and Climate change.
Selected publications: 

Chase, M.W., Ali, N.S., Paton, A.J., Nic Lughadha, E. & Fay, M.F. (2011). Science and development of government policy post-Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: lessons for the future. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166: 213 -216.

Ali, N.S. & Trivedi, C. (2010). Botanic Gardens and Climate Change - an audit of scientific activities at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 295-307.

Probert, C., Sharrock, S. & Ali, N. (2010). Can botanic gardens play a role in REDD-plus? Fourth Global Botanic Gardens Congress ProceedingsAvailable online

Ali, N. (Ed.) (2009). Global Strategy – Kew and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.