Carlos Robinson Quiro Chiripua
COLOMBIA, FUNDACIÓN EcoHABITATS
Carlos Robinson Quiro Chiripua, is indigenous to the Embera ethnic group (Eperarara Siapidara) of the Choco forest. He works as a local technician implementing Foundation Ecohabitats and Rainforest Trust’s collaborative project blocking illegal gold mining to protect the Endangered and endemic Golden Poison Frog. He is the environmental leader of his community and has fought for the conservation of his territory. He is in charge of motivating the leaders of his reservation so that they can create a protected area and is responsible for convening meetings, and for community participation in the process. Once the protected area is established in 2019, he will be the park ranger coordinator. He is the first young man in his community to attend a blended-format university.