Anabela Paula is graduated in Biology and holds a MSc in Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. She started her career in 2004, working mainly with mammal monitoring and in Iberian lynx conservations programs, both in Portugal and Spain.
Since 2007, she is been working on the reconciliation of human’s development infrastructures and biodiversity, been responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of several Offset project’s in Portugal. With those projects she helps clients to find solutions that could mitigate the impacts of development projects (power lines, wind farms, dams, touristic development, etc.) over endangered species of birds and mammals (namely Bonelli's eagle, Golden eagle, Eagle owl, Peregrine falcon, Mantagu’s harrier, Black stork, Red-billed chough, Cabrera’s Vole and Pyrenean desman). In order to understand the real impacts and the biodiversity gains resulting from the offset she has been also responsible for the implementation of several monitoring programs. Under this topic she had co-oriented 3 master thesis, and is co-author of 2 peer-reviewed papers and 1 shot-note. She had also presented 13 oral presentations and 7 posters at technical and scientific conferences.
Anabela has also experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Portugal and Mozambique, where it is also important to find a balance between economic and social development needs and the sustainable use of natural resources, to guarantee the conservation of biodiversity values.
Main working areas or relevant skills: Project manager and team coordination; Design implementation and coordination of Mitigation projects (specially offset) and Action plans for endangered species; Local community awareness; Field detection and identification of inland mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds (direct and indirect methods); Writing and supervision of technical and scientific reports and papers.