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James Jansen

James has a lifelong passion for nature which began when he helped in his grandparent’s garden as a child. His interest grew while gaining work experience at a garden centre and taking part in voluntary conservation projects.

After studying for a biological sciences degree, James spent much of the next 20 years working in government. His work spanned environmental issues at home and abroad, and included helping to agree the global Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and drive more sustainable land use to deliver international nature and climate objectives. James spent the next three years managing South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, one of the UK’s most remote and biodiverse overseas territories.

James is currently focusing on Arctic policy.  He lives on the edge of the North Downs, where he enjoys walking and exploring the area with his family.

James is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.