IUCN, Gland, Switzerland - 11 April 2005. Dr Jane Smart has joined IUCN as the new Head of the Species Programme. After a degree in botany, Jane began her professional life as a plant ecologist, investigating the restoration and management of degraded wetland systems.
During the next few years working with local government and local NGOs, the idea of an organization to save plants began to take root - and Plantlife International was finally launched in late 1989, after which Jane became its first staff member and Chief Executive. Plantlife became a member of IUCN in 1992.
In 1993, Jane initiated Planta Europa, the network of organizations working for plant conservation across Europe, for which Plantlife provides the secretariat. The key project priority for Plantlife International was, and still is, the identification and management of Important Plant Areas (IPAs), an approach now embedded in an international convention: the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, developed within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The adoption of this strategy led to a huge expansion of the IPA programme globally. Jane has chaired the IUCN UK National Committee for the last three years, and as been a long-standing member of the Plant Conservation Committee of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission.
For further information contact
Andrew McMullin, IUCN Species Programme Communications Officer
Tel: +41 (0)22 999 0153