Jane Visits the Department of Interior

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 7:26pm

Last Friday Jane made a quick stop in Washington, DC to visit the U.S. Department of the Interior and give a lecture to department employees and other invited guests. Secretary Ken Salazar was a gracious host to Jane as she spoke to a packed auditorium of 700 people. In her remarks Jane said, "I am pleased to be speaking to so many people who have an impact on policy not just in Washington but around the world." 

Titled "Conservation and Communities: The Shifting Paradigm of International Conservation," the lecture gave Jane an opportunity to not only share information about JGI's community-centered programs but also news about her recent travels to South America. She also shared her thoughts about the importance of the United Nations climate change conference being held in Copenhagen next month. It was a great opportunity for Jane to engage in a conversation with decision makers about modern global conservation practices. You can hear part of the speech here.

To Jane's surprise, Jane was also awarded the first-ever Secretary's Lifetime Achievement Award by Mr. Salazar. "She has been a key figure representing the connection between people and nature to communities," Mr. Salazar said upon presenting Jane the award.

Photos by Tami Heilemann/DOI.

Jane shared information about JGI's innovative community-centered programs in Africa, including how we are using GIS technology to track deforestation and chimpanzee populations. View this video to learn more about this project.
Jane's lecture was held at the Department of Interior, just a few blocks from the White House in downtown Washington, DC.
Secretary Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland and Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sam Hamilton surprised Jane with the first-ever Secretary's Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was a glass bison, the symbol of the Department of Interior.
Jane and Secretary Ken Salazar share a light-hearted moment in his office after the lecture.



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