Mission-driven, Passionate, and Perserverant
As soon as I heard about the CEC I was interested to join in order to learn from other members, share experiences, gain new perspectives, and access opportunities to increase the impact of the work of Planeta Océano.
To better communicate issues surrounding conservation, environmental education should be a regular part of the educational system, and included within all school subjects. It should be as dynamic and participatory as possible, empowering students to act on conservation issues. Students from pre-school to graduate school should be regularly exposed to nature, trained in problem-solving and encouraged to tackle conservation challenges in their community. We should specifically include more marine education in these efforts, offering knowledge, awareness and tools to understand and manage the marine systems on which our planet depends.
In 2007, while doing my undergraduate degree in biology, I conducted a research project on sea turtle stranding and bycatch in northern Peru. This project revealed a worrying mortality of more than 260 dead sea turtles, but also piqued the interest of more than 100 local volunteers. Noticing the great threats to marine environments, it became imperative to approach the local educational community. Therefore, in 2009, founded the Marine Educator’s Network of Peru, a growing participatory platform engaging more than 50 schools in marine education.
Using the momentum of this community engagement, I founded Planeta Océano, a non-profit organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation by engaging them in citizen science, marine education and sustainable development efforts. Prior to Planeta Océano, I also worked as an environmental consultant.
With Planeta Océano, we’ve engaged thousands of people, promoted dozens of community-lead environmental projects, fostered hundreds of citizen scientists, presented at national and international events, and contributed to biodiversity policy initiatives, i.e. Peruvian Red-List for endangered species, the Convention on Migratory Species and CITES.
I’m now working to take Planeta Océano to new coastal communities and develop a social enterprise for environmental education services and international volunteering. I combine these efforts with my full-time job as a mother, raising my marvelous 11 month-old baby.
I’m interested in marine conservation, and in particular community-based initiatives, ecosystem-based management, environmental education and citizen science.
On this focus, I’m currently working on a project, funded by abc* Foundation, to promote marine conservation in three coastal communities by (i) engaging artisanal fishermen to monitor fisheries and provide information for sustainable management, (ii) integrating schools, building capacity of teachers and developing student awareness on marine issues, and (iii) promoting inter-sectorial coordination for Marine Protected Area management. Also, together with partners The Manta Trust, Wild Aid, New England Aquarium and Project Aware, I’m working to protect Giant Manta Rays in Peru by (i) researching on this species with artisanal fishermen, vendors and local youth, (ii) promoting national legislation, (iii) generating awareness and (iv) creating additional livelihoods options through manta ecotourism.
Other networks with which I work include the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) and the World Ocean Network.
|2013||WWF International President's Award||World Wildlife Fund|
|2013||Forbes "30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs"||Forbes|
|2013||Univision "Top 10 Social Entrepreneurs in Latin America"||Univision|
|2012||Global Shaper||World Economic Forum|
|2010||National Environmental Citizenship Award||Ministry of Environment, Peru|
|2010||YouthActionNet Global Fellow||International Youth Foundation|
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