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Environmental Leader Joins The Nature Conservancy in Australia

Carol Jadraque becomes The Nature Conservancy in Australia's first deputy director


Melbourne | December 03, 2012

The Nature Conservancy in Australia today welcomes Carol Jadraque as Deputy Director.

Ms. Jadraque has over 12 years of industry-related experience in developing world-class and award-winning environmental management and sustainable business programs for state and local governments, private industry, and NGOs.

Dr. Michael Looker, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Australia, said that Jadraque is highly respected for her dedication to and passion for finding novel sustainability improvement solutions to conservation.

“Her appointment comes at an exciting time for us as we continue to build momentum with our conservation work across Australia,” he said.

Dr. Looker said her experience in developing programs focusing on biodiversity, sustainability improvement, education and innovation complemented the work underway at The Nature Conservancy.

She has helped local and state government agencies win a multitude of national and state environmental awards. Among them are two United Nations Association of Australia Awards: one for Excellence in Environmental Management and one for demonstrating Leadership in Sustainability. Her achievements are highly regarded by industry stakeholders across and beyond Australia.

Jadraque said she was looking forward to working with The Nature Conservancy, an organisation she has long admired.

“The Nature Conservancy is at the forefront of conservation efforts in Australia, achieving large scale projects which bring together science and people to protect nature,” she said. “It has been a long-held career aspiration of mine to join this well-reputed, world-leading conservation organisation.”

Most recently, Jadraque has been Manager of Sustainability & Innovation at Melbourne Water, where she and her team developed and implemented cutting-edge corporate sustainability programs, ranging from biodiversity strategy, greenhouse gas, energy and waste reduction programs to behaviour change and the development of an organisation-wide innovation strategy. Notably, Melbourne Water's sustainable procurement policy, guidelines and processes won three out of four Eco-Buy 2011 awards, including overall winner.

She is a founding member of the United Nations Association of Australia Environmental Sustainability Committee and has been a national member of the Australian Water Association National Sustainability Practitioners Network and state of Victoria member of the VICWater Sustainability Task Force. 

Outside of work, Carol enjoys pursuing outdoor activities such as hiking, bushwalking, cycling and diving, and feels at home in diverse cultures. She is fluent in five different languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Swiss-German dialect.

The Nature Conservancy has, since 2000, collaborated with a wide array of partners to support conservation efforts across more than 120 million hectares of Australia’s lands and waters. This includes securing 29 high priority additions to the National Reserve System, including some of the largest private protected areas in Australia. The Nature Conservancy has also assisted Indigenous groups with the protection of 13 million hectares of Indigenous Protected Areas across northern and central Australia, and we’re working to conserve the Great Western Woodlands, the world’s largest intact temperate woodland. Visit The Nature Conservancy in Australia at www.natureaustralia.org.au.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

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