McKenna Davis works as a Fellow at Ecologic Institute Berlin. Her work focuses on the assessment of green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation and their surrounding governance frameworks.
McKenna’s expertise extends to European biodiversity and nature protection policies and the links to climate change adaptation.
McKenna is currently participating in the Horizon 2020 projects NATURVATION (Nature-based Urban Innovation), where she led an assessment of the legal, political and planning frameworks in place for supporting the deployment of NBS, and in the BiodivERsA ENABLE project (Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-ecological Regions), where she is assessing citizen perceptions and preferences for socio-cultural ecosystem services.
McKenna is also leading Ecologic’s work within the H2020 project CLEVER Cities, including developing the project’s analytical framework and producing a multifaceted guidance tool to support cities in the uptake and advancement of NBS to meet urban regeneration challenges.
The European Nature Directives and Natura 2000 network comprise the other main aspects of McKenna’s work, actively involved in the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity and Drivers for successful implementation of the Nature Directives project, and coordinates Ecologic’s role in the Evidence-based improvements in the Birds and Habitats Directives implementation project and the Framework Contract to Monitor LIFE Projects.
Previous work focused strongly on defining, cataloguing and assessing ecosystem-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as green infrastructure initiatives across Europe. Links with freshwater issues are also prevalent in McKenna’s previous work, including developing four River Basin Adaptation Plans (BeWater), evaluating the cost effectiveness and future market potential of sustainable urban drainage systems (RECREATE), and assessing the socio-economic aspects of freshwater biodiversity conservation (BioFresh).