Evelyn Underwood

Policy Analyst

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7340 2675

Specialist Subjects:

biodiversity and nature conservation, ecosystem services and the value of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture


Evelyn joined IEEP in 2012. She has a background in environmental biology and a Masters degree in natural resource management and development studies. She has broad experience of project management for university sustainability research in Switzerland, and capacity building on the environmental impacts of genetically modified crops in Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam, as well as environmental advocacy and communications, and environmental education.
Evelyn’s current policy interests include biodiversity conservation and agriculture, Natura 2000, ecosystem restoration, plant and animal genetic resources, and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Evelyn’s mother tongue is English and she is fluent in German, French, and Spanish.

IEEP Publications & Articles by Evelyn UnderwoodDate
  • Protected area approaches in the EU

    Protected areas play an important role in achieving biodiversity conservation targets. IEEP has compared the approaches and rationale of designating and managing protected areas in the UK and a selection of eight other EU Member States.

    16 Nov 2015
  • Results-based agri-environment schemes: new report and guidance handbook available

    Are you interested in developing and implementing a results-based payment scheme for farmland biodiversity? Together with experts from across Europe, IEEP has produced a range of useful resources to guide the future development of results-based agri-environment schemes in the EU and beyond.

    05 Jun 2015
  • Biodiversity offsets: design of biodiversity metrics and mechanisms for securing long term conservation benefits

    This study by ICF International, IEEP and national experts reviewed international best practice for designing biodiversity offsetting metrics and establishing mechanisms for ensuring long term conservation benefits from offsetting. It explores options for implementation at the European level and possible challenges. The report follows up on the IEEP report on policy options to achieve no net loss of biodiversity.

    27 May 2015
  • Guidance handbook for financing Natura 2000

    An updated ‘Financing Natura 2000 Guidance Handbook’ aims to inform national stakeholders about opportunities for financing the management of Natura 2000 sites through various EU funds during the 2014-2020 period.

    11 Sep 2014
  • New guidance for farmland management in Natura 2000

    New guidance for farmland management in Natura 2000 gives agricultural and conservation authorities a step-by-step guide to management and funding measures and practical advice on habitat and species management.

    29 Aug 2014
  • Instruments for financing action on invasive alien species in Finland

    A range of examples exist around the world on innovative instruments that can finance, cover or recover the costs of policy action on invasive alien species. A review by IEEP and partners identifies a number of such examples and assesses their pros and cons.

    03 Jun 2014
  • Options for sustainable food and agriculture in the EU

    How should Europe respond to the increased demands on our food and agriculture systems arising from global population growth, changing diets, and competing demands on agricultural land? This report offers a view on how the EU could play a role in meeting these challenges in the coming decades and sets out some of the options which merit particular attention.

    17 Dec 2013
  • Interactions between climate change and agriculture; and between biodiversity and agriculture in Europe

    What should be Europe’s role in feeding the world in 2050? This IEEP report for the European Parliament describes options for increasing the productivity of European agriculture whilst adapting to climate change, reducing emissions, and providing biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits from agriculture.

    29 Oct 2013
  • Estimation of the financing needs to implement Target 2 of the Biodiversity Strategy

    IEEP assessed the financing needs to implement Target 2 of the Biodiversity Strategy (target to maintain ecosystem services and restore 15% of degraded ecosystems by 2020) with eftec. The report showed that a large increase in funding will be required if Target 2 is to be attained, but also that there are a range of potential funding sources that could be increasingly used.

    16 Jul 2013