My studies as a "mature" PhD student in Geography, Environment and Geomatics have paved the way to a fulfilling second career. I am now Regional Adviser on Environment Statistics at UN-ESCAP in Bangkok. Part of my job is applying the skills I learned to helping countries in Asia and the Pacific assess the quality of their environmental data (Soil Science, Biogeography), linking it to economic data (Environmental Economics) and advising on how this can be useful for strengthening sustainable development policies (The Science/Policy Interface). The newest challenge is to extend the approach to the ocean. I expect to be applying the principles we developed during my thesis research on "Improving Convergence and Aggregation in National Ecosystem Accounting".