Jane da Mosto is an environmental scientist (MA, Oxford University, M. Phil. Imperial College London) with international experience as a consultant on sustainable development, climate change and wetland ecology. Since 2012 she has been fully engaged in trying to change the future of Venice and for Venetians as co-founder of We are here Venice (weareherevenice.org), an NGO that specialises in using the best available academic research and methodologies to characterise the challenges for Venice while also drawing upon grassroots networks to source accurate information on the city and lagoon and disseminate distilled findings and results to improve public understanding and international awareness of Venice’s fragile but not hopeless condition.
After working in London in management consultancy and venture capital, Jane took up a fellowship at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan. Since moving to Venice in 1995, she has worked continuously and variously: European Projects for local NGOs; Agenda 21 for Venice Municipality; a review of climate change research in Italy for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme/Consiglio Nazionale di Ricerca; the Venice in Peril Fund/Cambridge University five-year study “Flooding and Environmental Challenges for Venice and the Lagoon” and the “Venice Report” on demography, change in use of buildings, public finances and tourism; the OECD Territorial Review of Venice; muf/British Council installation at the Architecture Biennale etc. She gives lectures, frequently appears in the media and is invited to explain Venice at conferences and seminars, worldwide.