Jerónimo is a plant ecologist and conservation biologist. He mainly works in temperate ecosystems in the high mountains of Mexico on topics such as ecosystem protection, restoration, forestry, agroforestry systems and information-based decision making. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Pronatura Veracruz A.C. where he is currently program coordinator.
Flor is a biologist passionate about herpetofauna (reptile and amphibian conservation). She is also interested in recovering natural habitats and mitigating climate change. She joined Pronatura Veracruz A.C.’s science and monitoring team in 2016. Flor develops different projects focusing on promoting the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. She also collaborates in the production of scientific dissemination materials and environmental education workshops.
Shanta Banstola, originally from Jhapa district, holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University with major Integrated Water Resource Management and Pollution Control Technology. Since 2015, she has been working in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) at the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University and Department of Irrigation, WRPPF. She is interested in research related to environmental analysis and modeling. Besides this, she is also interested in disaster, ecology and water resource analysis.
Théo is one of the technical agents of the association Dayu Biik. They take care of the management of the Mont Panié reserve, the highest point in New Caledonia and a biodiversity hotspot. They fight for the preservation of the services that the cloud forest of the Panié massif provides them but especially for the protection of the Kaori tree of Mount Panié (Dayu Biik in a local language), a micro-endemic species and important cultural symbol. He is a field agent for the RFT reserve extension project. His job is to consult local people around this project, diagnose the state of health of forests and rivers, and monitor invasive species and their associated threats on the Panié massif.
Narcisse is thirty-one and the father of one child. He graduated from Antananarivo University and got his Masters on Primatology in 2017. He has been involved in different conservation projects and research with MaVoa. Currently, he works with the SADABE/Madagasikara Voakajy team in implementing the New Protected Area of Tsinjoarivo-Ambalomby, with special focus on ecological monitoring and coordination of their intervention in the eastern part of this protected area.
Efraín Cepeda Duran is North Reserve Director of the Jocotoco-Ecuador Foundation. He joined the Foundation in 2007 as a Reforestation assistant in the Yanacocha reserve. This forest is truly spectacular due to its scenic beauty and the multiple functions it fulfills within the ecosystem. As North Reserve Director, he manages the reserves of Yanacocha, Antisanilla, Narupa and Canandé, and now is in charge of purchasing land for the expansion of reserves. Among the activities that he enjoys the most are bird watching in each of the reserves, photography and hiking on trails.
Javier has worked during more than 20 years for the conservation of nature in Ecuador. He began working at Ecominga in 2006; his main function has been the creation of Ecominga Reserves in the Baños area, where he worked for almost 10 years with local communities, authorities and scientists. Four years ago he started the Dracula Reserve project, located in the cloud forests of the Chocó eco-region, in the northwest of Ecuador on the border with Colombia. There, he has coordinated scientific research activities and worked with the communities of Chical and Maldonado. His interest in plants, birds, mammals and the ecology of the cloud forest has allowed the Dracula Reserve, a treasure of the Choco eco-region, to have a holistic vision in its planning, expansion and conservation. He also spent 13 years at Fundación Jocotoco as Manager and Director of Reserves. He is currently coordinating the work of the Dracula Reserve, the Manduriacu River Reserve and the Ecominga administrative operation.
In May 2012, Vivian was recruited into the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) as a Budget Officer, a position she held until December 2016. In January 2017, she was promoted to the position of the Director of Budget and Financial Planning, the position she currently holds.
Ursula started at the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) in 2008, moving from Finance Officer to Finance and Administration Officer to Director of Finance and Budgets. In 2016, she was appointed the Chief Operation Officer and concurrently Chief Finance Officer, which she served as until she was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.
Mr. Richard Olwa is a Research Scientist for the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NAFIRRI) of Uganda. Mr. Olwa is an aquatic biodiversity and environmental expert. Over the past 10 years, Richard has acquired extensive skills and knowledge of biodiversity conservation techniques including research design, data collection, management of project personnel, resources, coordination, and planning strategies to execute projects. He is a team player who is passionate about generating and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of local communities and biodiversity conservation. He has successfully coordinated and implemented projects such as “Promoting recovery of threatened fish populations and other aquatic wildlife on Satellite lakes of Uganda through working with local communities and government agencies. Richard is currently serving as the Field Operations Manager for the creation of Lake Nyaguo Community Conservation Area, a project being implemented by NAFIRRI in partnership with Rainforest Trust.
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