20th Assembly

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Field Trip

"Centro de Ecología Aplicada Simón I. Patiño (CEASIP)" and Regional Park "Lomas de Arena"

The field trip complements the concept of INNOVATION developed in the Assembly and experiences in a regional protected area within the framework of the conservation priorities of natural heritage. The Center for Applied Ecology seeks to validate and transfer methodologies to implement sustainable agriculture in fragile tropical soils, seeking to reduce environmental pollution, caused by intensive agriculture.

Lomas de Arena is a natural area covering 14,075.9 hectares, and is located 12 km southeast of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia. It plays a very important role in the aquifer recharge (ecosystem service) and among its main tourist attractions is the scenic beauty that it is expressed in a complex scenery of sand dunes and natural lagoons (fresh water) which are highly appreciated by national and international tourists.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
7:00 - 14:00

Special Guests

Keynote Speaker

Before being appointed Executive Director of Avina, Gabriel Baracatt served as Director of Operations of Fundación Avina.
In 1990 he started working on sustainable development issues in Bolivia and founded Tarija Environmental Protection (PROMETA), today an important non-governmental conservation organization.
Later he held the positions of National Director of Biodiversity and General Director of the National Service of Protected Areas of Bolivia (SERNAP).
In 2009, he was appointed Director of Social Innovation at Avina, an organization that now coordinates the Innovation with Sense Platform.

Creativity and Innovation Workshop

Monday, October 29, 2018
09:30 - 10:15
Urubó Hall


Innovation as global achievement and local agendas. The role of environmental funds.

This space seeks to discuss and show the important role of environmental funds in promoting financial, technological, social and organizational innovations to support the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the global, regional, national and local priority agendas, integrating all sectors of society.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11:00 - 12:30
Urubó Hall

Victor Hugo Inchausty

Universidad Amazónica de Pando

Of Bolivian nationality, Dr. Victor Hugo Inchausty is a recognized specialist in conservation management with an emphasis on protected areas and wildlife management, with extensive experience in rural development, management of hydrobiological resources, among others. He has served as Regional Director of the IUCN Regional Office for South America, based in Quito, Ecuador. Also in management positions for the Andean region in Conservation International and in governmental institutions such as the National Service of Protected Areas of Bolivia. International consultant and teacher in different undergraduate and graduate programs in the region. Charla Motivadora




Executive Director of Fundación Natura, has a career of 20 years, of which 7 are at an international level and 12 at a management level which includes Executive Director in civil society organizations. She is founding Executive Director member of the Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) and she is the current President of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Funds Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC)


Executive Director - President


Karen was born in Blantyre, Malawi and has 18 years of experience within the environmental and natural resource management sector in Malawi, with specific knowledge and expertise in grant administration and management with the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (MEET). In October 2017, Karen was elected President of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFE).



She combines experience in finance, nonprofit management, performance measurement, and governance in her role as Conservation Finance Project Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society.



Manoel Serrão is the Programs Superintendent of FUNBIO - Brazilian Biodiversity Fund since 2015, managing four areas (Special Projects, Legal Obligations, National and International Donations and Procurement). He is a founding member of the RedLAC, as well as a member of the group for the development of standard carbon – AFCP. He has also worked in the German Cooperation Agency (at the time, GTZ) and, for ten years, with the Ministry of Environment in Brasil, coordinating and working on the technical analysis of the Pantanal Program and National Fund for Environment. Between 2007 and 2015, he assumed the position of Projects and Programs Coordinator of the Financial Mechanisms Unit (Special Projects Unity) in FUNBIO and in the aftermath the current position of superintendent. This broad action translates into the knowledge of several models of demands for financing, as well as several sources and financial strategies.

Presentation:Project K Report


Executive Director


During his over 20 years of experience working in the agro-industrial and environmental sector he has managed important agricultural, environmental and rural development programs, specializing in financing strategies, fundraising and establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships for the successful development of programs and projects

Outstanding cases of innovation

This space seeks to discuss, based on concrete examples, the scope of innovations as tools to respond to the needs of specific conservation agendas of protected areas and critical ecosystems, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, generation of local and global socioeconomic benefits, development sustainable.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
16:00 - 18:00
Urubó Hall

Sebastian Malizia

Fundación Pro Yungas - Argentina

Lawyer received at the National University of Tucumán, Argentina. He worked in the Ombudsman of the Province, in charge of the environment area between 1999 and 2013, year in which he went on to coordinate the national plans for the conservation of native forests (Law 26.331) in the Ministry of Provincial Production. He was the first Director of Land Management of Native Forests of Tucumán, a position he held until April 2017. Since April 2018, he is the Executive Director of Fundación ProYungas, an organization dedicated to conservation and sustainable development in the ecoregion of the Yungas and other areas of the Argentine subtropics, maintaining a close working relationship with private companies, governments, civil society and institutions. techniques and academics of the country and abroad.



Plataforma de Innovación con Sentido

Andrés Abecasis coordinates the Platform for Innovation with Purpose, a strategic alliance that brings together organizations that combine social innovation with technology and inclusive business models in order to broaden and accelerate the impact towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also Director of Innovation of the Avina Foundation, a Latin American organization that promotes sustainable development through intersectoral collaborative processes in more than 20 countries. From this role he oversees the Programmatic Areas of the foundation in Latin America, the Technology Program for Social Change, the Country Office and the Business Office.

Silvia Rojas Fernandez


Ms. Rojas Fernández is a business graduate in the University of Costa Rica and has also a Sustainable Development degree from the same university as well as an MBA from ESEUNE Buiness School, Georgetown University and North China University of Technology. She has an extensive experience in sustainable development, particularly in the creation and implementation of programs and projects for this purpose, creation and promotion of green financing mechanisms and green businesses, development, management and supervision of patrimonial funds for the conservation of biodiversity, management of strategic alliances and public-private articulation within the framework of the environment.

León Merlot

Unión Europea - ZICOSUR

Leon Merlot has an experience of more than 25 years in South America and Central Africa. Assuming the coordination of conservation and rural development projects for different civil society organizations and for international cooperation entities. Currently as part of the Technical Assistance team of the "B4Life Facility", which the EU contributes to the design, to the implementation and the monitoring of programs to support the conservation of biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Samuel Sangüeza

Country Representative WWF, Bolivia

More than 20 years of professional experience in the management of civil society organizations in Latin America on issues of biodiversity conservation, protected areas, environmental funds, sustainable management of natural resources. He was Executive Director of the Environmental Fund of Ecuador and he led the regional program FairClimate (Forest Communities and Climate Change) in ICCO Cooperation Latin America. He has a degree in International Relations (International Economics) from the George Washington University of the District of Columbia (United States), and a Masters in Business Administration from the Catholic University, in La Paz (Bolivia).

Zdenka Piskulich

Costa Rica por Siempre



Ms. Piskulich is the Executive Director of the Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre since 2010. And on behalf of that Association she also holds the Presidency of PACIFICO. Previously, Ms. Piskulich worked for more than thirteen years as the Director of the Costa Rica Program of The Nature Conservancy and previously as Director of the Land Conservation Initiative. Ms. Piskulich led the Costa Rica Forever campaign, helping to raise more than $ 56 million for the Costa Rican protected area system.

Traditional knowledge and Innovation

This panel will focus on showing how traditional knowledge can contribute for innovation both for adaptation actions and mitigation of climate change, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems, and in general actions to achieve the objectives of sustainable development.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
09:00 - 10:15
Urubó Hall


Emerging Explorer

National Geographic Society

Erika Cuéllar works to protect the wild environment of South America’s Gran Chaco region by training local people as parabiologists armed with professional scientific conservation skills. She co-coordinates the Bolivian Committee for the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, and is a 2012 recipient of the Rolex Award for Enterprise.

Motivating Talk: National Geographic Society Expert


Indigenous Council of Tacana Population

Starting in 1990, as a result of the historical march for the Territory and the Dignity in which he participated, he began his work to inform the communities about the importance of organizing and starting to defend their rights. In 1993 it is a fundamental part of the birth of the Indigenous Council of the Tacana People CIPTA, being its First President. In 1997 the indigenous peoples of the La Paz Amazonian north organized themselves to form the Central of Indigenous Peoples of La Paz (CPILAP) of which he was the First President. Months later, he was elected as Secretary of RRNN of CIDOB and was subsequently elected as President of CIDOB. After leaving the leadership, I work as an advisor in the elaboration of the life plans of the T'simane-Mosetén peoples of Pilón Lajas and Tacana. In 2015, he was elected Territorial Corregidor of the population of Tumupasa and in 2016 he was again elected as Secretary of Natural Resources of CIPTA, and this is the function that he currently performs.


Wildlife Conservation Society

She is currently Director of WCS Bolivia. She has led the elaboration of management plans for protected areas of more than 2,300,000 hectares in the Landscape and has promoted strategic alliances to support conservation with several indigenous and peasant organizations, and public / private organizations in a regional and national levels. Lilian has been awarded because of her important contribution, as civil society, to the National Service of Protected Areas of Bolivia.


Executive Director


Executive Director of the Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest in Bolivia (FCBC). He is a biologist and ecologist with bachelor and doctorate degrees in Argentina and a master's degree in wildlife management in Costa Rica. He has developed different works, studies and projects on ecology and conservation of biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean and especially in tropical and subtropical forests.


He was the leader of the Indigenous Center of the Leco People of Apolo CIPLA, in charge of Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment department. He held the position of vice president of the Central of Indigenous Peoples of La Paz (CPILAP). He has also had high responsibilities at the national level in the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (CIDOB) on issues of natural resources and gender. He occupied positions related to sanitation and land titling in the Viceministry of Lands. He was elected as Municipal Mayor of GAM Apolo. Lately he has been the technical manager of the Leco Village of the project "Strengthening the ecological, economic, cultural and institutional resilience in the face of the effects of climate change on the life system of the Indigenous Territory of the Leco People, through the improvement of the integral management system of the Patio Family in 15 communities "with funding from COSUDE.


Patrimonio Natural Colombia, Executive Director

Moderator Executive Director of Patrimonio Natural, Fund for Biodiversity and Protected Areas. Economist with more than 25 years of experience in educational, environmental and institutional strengthening of social organizations. Since directing Patrimonio Natural Alberto has specialized in the creation and management of financial mechanisms and economic instruments for the conservation of biodiversity and protected areas.

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