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Lynn Jackson
Lynn Jackson

Associate Consultant

South African

Academic Qualifications
BSc, BSc Hons (Zoology), MSc (Marine Ecology), PhD (Marine Science), Graduate Diploma in Marine Law


Country experience
Chile, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, South Africa, Vietnam.

Expertise and experience
Lynn commenced her career as a teaching assistant and later junior lecturer in the Zoology department at the University of Natal.  She then worked as a research officer at the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban. While doing the coursework for her PhD in Marine Science, she worked as a teaching and research assistant in the Marine Science Programme at the University of South Carolina.  She later spent 24 years at the Marine and Coastal Management branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in Cape Town, eventually heading the Marine Pollution Division.
While at Marine and Coastal Management, her responsibilities included research on the biological effects of marine pollution, the development and implementation of various marine pollution management techniques, the     co-ordination of the environmental response to numerous oil spills and the administration of the London Convention in South Africa.  She also provided advice to other government departments on various aspects of marine pollution management.  From 1991, she represented South Africa at numerous international meetings including meetings of the London Convention, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Maritime Organisation.  She participated in the planning and execution of various Global Environment Facility/World Bank funded projects including the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Planning Project, the Globallast Programme and the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project.

Between 2004 and 2007, Lynn served as the programme co-ordinator and later the director of the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) until its relocation to Nairobi.  During this time her responsibilities included developing and providing support to relevant projects in developing countries, liaising with GISP partners and representing GlSP in international fora, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Since becoming a consultant, Lynn has, amongst others things, been involved in the delivery of training in the Management of Marine and Coastal Invasive Species, as well as two workshops on oil spill contingency planning (Ghana and Tanzania). She was commissioned by the International Maritime Organisation to lead the updating of an introductory course on ballast water management, and the preparation of guidelines for artificial reefs.  In addition, she undertook a review of biofouling as a pathway for the introduction of alien species on behalf of GISP and UNEP. Lynn is currently part of a consortium working on the development of an Estuary Management Plan for the Diep Estuary in the Western Cape.

Selected publications/presentations
Coastal Sensitivity Atlas of Southern Africa, 1984. DOT Pub., NBP, Goodwood, Cape (with S.R Lipschitz).

International Marine Pollution Conventions and the Independent States of Southern Africa, Institute of Marine Law, University of Cape Town 1989, Publication #8 pp. 1 - 60.

Harmful Marine Organisms in Ballast Water: Possible Implications for South Africa, paper presented at the Maritime Policy Conference, 24 - 25th March, 1993, Durban.

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (The London Convention, 1972) (with A.G Moldan), in R.D Walmsley  & G Tose (Eds), International Environmental Treaties and Protocols: Implications for South Africa. Conf. Proc. pp.127 - 132. 20 June 1995, Pretoria.

The Implications for Shipowners of International Emission Control, paper presented at the National Maritime Policy Conference, April 1997, Cape Sun, Cape Town.

Examining Ways to Pro-Actively Control Land-based Sources of Marine Pollution, paper presented at the 2nd Annual Pollution Control Forum: IIR. Johannesburg, 29 - 30th August, 2000.