Jane has been a part of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) team since the organisation’s inception in 2002. AGEDI was formed to facilitate quality environmental data that equips policy-makers with actionable, timely information to inform and guide critical decisions. AGEDI works in close coordination with long-term partners Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to maximise information exchange for improved decision-making at the local, national, regional and global levels.
As Partnership Project Manager, Jane has led on a range of AGEDI’s milestone projects, including the National Blue Carbon and Ecosystem Services programme, a successful extension of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration project, which was the largest project of its kind worldwide, and the Climate Change Programme, which is the most comprehensive study of the issue for the region. Jane also led in the Biodiversity Systematic Conservation Assessment, a pioneering initiative for the region amongst numerous other projects.
To further her global reach, Jane took on a more active role by being elected as Chair of the Project Steering Committee for the UNEP/GEF Blue Forests Project and the AGEDI representative for the International Partnership on Blue Carbon. She also contributed as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Biodiversity Chapter in the Global Environmental Outlook 6 for West Asia in 2015. She is also presently Review Editor for chapter 1 of the IPBES Asia Pacific regional report amongst other advisory roles.
As a result of her unique insight, Jane has enhanced environmental management and protection through better and open access to environmental information, bringing strong partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels.