Sonia Dhanda

Science Officer (CITES)


Science Operations


Conservation Policy


Natural resource use, conservation, sustainability and policy in particular knowledge and implementation of CITES, CBD, Nagoya Protocol and Sustainable Development Goals.

In my role as Science Officer, I focus on the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) working in the UK CITES Scientific Authority for Flora team. I provide scientific advice on CITES and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations to Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on policy and licencing. I also undertake the research required to support this role, primarily focusing on plants that are traded globally. At Kew, I provide training and advice on CITES and global policies to ensure staff awareness of legal requirements in relation to collections, fieldwork and research. 

  • MSc Conservation Science, Imperial College London, 2015
  • BSc Biology (Hons), University of St Andrews, 2010

Smyth, N., Dhanda, S., Williams, C., Cable, S., Ralimanana, H., Simpson, R. and Clarke, G. (2017)

Plant conservation policies and international trade

In Willis, K.J. (ed.) State of the World’s Plants 2017. Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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