Natalie Stalenberg has joined the Oceania Regional Office as its new Environmental Policy Advisor. Natalie has a background in water resource management, community consultation and communications. Most recently she worked with the South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation to develop policies for a water allocation plan for the Mount Lofty Ranges. This work included extensive consultation with a wide range of different industry and community groups.
Natalie has a strong passion for the environment and the need for sustainable development. Her special interest in water management began when growing up in Australia in the Adelaide Hills next to the Onkaparinga River. This was the inspiration for her to make a career change from radio journalism and complete her Bachelor of Environmental Management Degree at Flinders University as a mature-age student. Since then she has commenced studies in Environmental Law with the Australian National University.
Recruited to IUCN under the Australian Volunteers International programme, Natalie will spend the next 12 months contributing to a range of projects. Her work will include: building capacity within the region for environmental policy development; developing materials to support sustainable community management of natural resources; exploring links between customary law and national laws; and being the contact for world heritage issues. She is excited by the work that IUCN is doing in the region and believes positive changes can be made that benefit the local people and the environment.