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
  • Natura 2000 and Jobs – Scoping the Evidence

    The European Natura 2000 network provides job opportunities in sectors ranging from conservation and restoration, agriculture, forestry, fisheries to tourism, recreation, and health.

    31 May 2017
  • What can the UK do to reduce environmental risks from pesticides?

    The UK’s action plan on sustainable use of pesticides aims to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on the environment and encourage alternative approaches and techniques. How is the UK doing?

    10 Feb 2017
  • Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

    The Nature Directives (i.e. Birds Directive and Habitats Directive) are the key instruments of EU environmental policy; the Fitness Check support study, carried out by Milieu, IEEP and ICF for the European Commission DG-ENV, examined their effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, EU-added value and their coherence with the wider acquis.

    14 Dec 2016
  • Ecological Focus Areas – what are their impacts on biodiversity?

    Ecological Focus Areas are intended to safeguard and improve biodiversity on arable farms in the EU. This IEEP study for EEB and BirdLife examined the evidence for potential biodiversity impacts on farmland, taking into account how the areas are being managed.

    01 Dec 2016
  • Gough Island in danger – IEEP assessment of World Heritage Site

    IEEP assessed threats to Gough and Inaccessible Island World Heritage Site on behalf of the RSPB. The report brings together evidence that globally important seabird colonies and endemic species are under threat of extinction from invasive alien species, especially predatory house mice, and that the proposed mouse eradication programme should proceed as quickly as possible.

    19 Jul 2016
  • 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