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.
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.
Mr. Njingo Thomas was born on the 1 st of January 1950 at Lewoh, Lebialem Division. He has been working with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) since 2005, where he currently serves as the Head of Division for the Technical Services Division. Since then he has served in the following capacity; Office Assistant at the Head Office in Buea, from January 2005 to December 2012. He also served as the Logistics Officer from January 1, 2013 to the 31 st of December 2017, in the Department of Administration.
Alberto Romero is a Peruvian Anthropologist with more than 42 years of experience working with indigenous people in the Amazon. During this time, he has been involved in the design and execution of development projects, focused in Land Property Legalization for Indigenous people, the sustainable management of their natural resources and the strengthening of their capacities and organization. He is currently the
coordinator of the project “Expanding the Airo Pai Community Reserve in the hyper diverse Güeppí Region of Peru”, and holds the position of Chairman at El Centro para el Desarrollo del Indigena Amazónico (CEDIA).
Sergio is a biologist originally from Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, and has a specialty in natural resource management. He has dedicated himself to the management of the conservation and use of wildlife in Tamaulipas. He has participated in international conservation projects, such as Pronatura’s black bear conservation project in northern Mexico, and the Green Macaw conservation project in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve. He is currently the person in charge of the work at the Rancho Regalo de Dios on the project “Protection of parrots in danger of extinction in Mexico”.
Josué is a biologist originally from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. He has worked mainly in the conservation of Green Macaw in Tamaulipas. He is currently responsible for monitoring work in the Ejido Santa Juana de Altamira, Tamaulipas for the project “Protection of parrots in danger of extinction in Mexico”.
Ngueping Samuel is a Cameroonian Protected Area Manager. He has worked at the ERuDeF
institute for a couple of years in different capacities. He came into the ERuDeF Institute in 2013 as Program Development Officer. From April 2018, he is working in the ERuDeF head office in Buea, South West Region as director of Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management in the Conservation Department.
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