Dr Laura Friedrich

Programme Officer, Conserving Land and Seascapes at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)


Laura works on a range of projects related to ocean governance and marine policy. In particular, she focuses on ecosystem-based approaches, area-based management, sustainable blue economy and natural capital accounting. Laura has recently developed experimental ecosystem accounts for seagrasses and is contributing to the Centre’s work on blue economy and governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Previously, she worked on projects supporting the delivery of ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals. Laura is also managing UNEP-WCMC’s part of the ODYSSEA project, coordinating the project’s activities to engage potential users of an ocean observing and forecasting platform for the Mediterranean Sea.

Laura joined UNEP-WCMC from the Centre for Marine Conservation and Policy Research at Plymouth University. There, she worked on various projects involving marine policy, marine spatial planning and ecosystem service assessments. One of these was the VALMER Project, which investigated how ecosystem service assessments can support marine spatial planning. In conjunction with this project, Laura completed a PhD exploring the role of ecosystem service assessments in facilitating marine stakeholder engagement. She also has an MSc in Marine Policy and Planning from Plymouth University, UK, and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lüneburg, Germany.