Tsering Dorje

Tsering is a 28-year-old energetic youth from Pawakhola, Nepal. Currently working as an office helper in a local school, he is an enthusiast of learning and exploring new things. He has been a practicing pastoralist in higher elevations of Pawakhola since his childhood, and as a result, he is well-versed in the local landscape, flora and fauna. His role is to give technical assistance in camera trap setting and wildlife monitoring.

ALIMAR BAYOT

Twenty-six year old Alimar Bayot until recently earned his livelihood illegally cutting and selling timber and rattan from the forest in Sitio Maligaya and hunting wild boar. In early 2017, his life changed when he was hired as labor to fence Palawan Forest Turtle Reserve in Maligaya. After three months, he was encouraged by the foreman to apply as a guardian for the Palawan Forest Turtle Reserve, which he did without hesitation. Now, after more than one year of working as a guardian, he is certain he made the right decision at the right time. He hopes to inspire his three children to never depend on exploiting the forest but to be able to appreciate the free services that nature provides them.

Silver Gómez Rodriguez

A resource guardian for FUNDAECO, Silver works in the area of Monte Carmelo in the Jalaute sector of the Sierra Santa Cruz protected area. His activities include environmental education, core area forest monitoring and assisting landowners in enrolling their forested lands into forestry incentive programs.

CARLOS HUMBERTO RUANO

Carlos works in the Sierra Santa Cruz protected area, where he leads water recharge monitoring and protection activities. He began his conservation work as president of the community of Sahliá’s water committee in 1986.

JOSÉ BAUDILIO CHOCOJ

Originally from Tamagás Creek Village, as an active member of the community José has been working since age 22 to conserve the water sources that supply his community. To protect the forests located in the core area of the Jalaute sector in the Sierra Santa Cruz Special Protection Area, he currently works as a resource guardian for FUNDAECO. José conducts environmental education activities, patrols the core area of the protected area, and serves as a translator in activities with indigenous Q’ueqchi-speaking groups.

MATHEUS GOMES DA SILVA

Matheus Gomes da Silva is a young REGUA park ranger in the Guapiaçu Valley, regularly patrolling the portion of the REGUA reserve which was previously Lagoinha farm. Having grown up in the area and particularly passionate about birds, he has always aspired to be a REGUA ranger like his uncle Messias Gomes, who has been working for REGUA for eight years. Matheus’ appointment as a ranger is the culmination of a life-long dream.

Picass Amiral Hie

A crayfish fisherman (diver) and tree planter, since September 2017, he has been working as an Ecoguard with CEM on sea turtle conservation in the village of Roc.

Carlos Robinson Quiro Chiripua

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.