Hugh McDonald is a Researcheer at Ecologic Institute, which he joined in 2016, where he works on projects related to water policy and ecosystem-based management from an environmental economics perspective. He is a native English speaker and fluent in German. Hugh McDonald's current work is focussed on the topic areas of water, biodiversity and innovation. He contributes to the project Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across EU Policies (AQUACROSS), which aims to support the European Union's (EU) efforts to protect aquatic biodiversity and ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services. On the innovation front, Hugh McDonald is involved in the projects Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector (DESSIN), which demonstrates and promotes innovative solutions for water scarcity and water quality and the valuation of ecosystem services, and BRIGAID, which supports innovations in disaster resilience and climate adaptation.

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AQUACROSS Case Study Coordinator and Lead of Case Study 8: The Azores