US-based office and data collection center
US-based office and data collection center
for Tropical Conservation (CTC), created in 1988 as a response to the tropical
biodiversity crisis, serves as ParksWatch's administrative base and academic
headquarters. The CTC’s primary purpose is to ensure that sound science
informs and stimulates sound policy on conservation needs, particularly in tropical
developing countries. Working with academic and conservation groups throughout
Central and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia, the CTC has produced
collaborative research, including a series of "CTC Reports" focused
on applied science and policy issues affecting conservation, and has trained
international professionals to become effective natural resource managers.
Dr. John W. Terborgh - Chairman
of ParksWatch Advisory Board, Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation
John Terborgh is a James B. Duke Professor
of Environmental Science and is Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation
at Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and for
the past thirty-five years has been actively involved in tropical ecology and
conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical
forests, Dr. Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation
themes. Since 1973, he has operated a field station in Peru's Manu National
Park, where he has overseen the research of more than 100 investigators.
Dr. Terborgh previously served on the
faculties of the University of Maryland and Princeton University. In June 1992,
he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in recognition
of his distinguished work in tropical ecology, and in April 1996, he was awarded
the National Academy of Science’s Daniel Giraud Elliot medal for his research,
and for his book Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest. He serves on
several boards and advisory committees related to conservation, including the
Wildlands Project, Cultural Survival, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife
Fund and both the Primate and Ecology Specialist Groups of the International
Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Stéphane Pauquet - Program Coordinator
Stéphane Pauquet graduated with a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University and a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Cottbus, Germany. He has spent the past eight years working on evaluations of South America's national park systems, and after several years of volunteering became ParksWatch's coordinator in 2006. His professional interests are the management and dissemination of conservation-related data and the development of cost-efficient and transparent funding mechanisms for nature conservation. After spending two years as a consultant for the Latin American Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC) as technical coordinator of the Ecofunds Database, he is currently supervising the development of GreenVest, a modernized version of ParksWatch aimed at addressing the most pressing logistical needs of audited parks.
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(In partnership with Fundação
Antonio Cristiano Vieira Cegana - Coordinator
Antonio Cristiano Vieira Cegana graduated in Agronomy and obtained a Master's Degree on Private Reserves Management from the State University of Maringá.
He has worked in Public Use Management of Natural Areas and as an instructor of conservation courses like management of interpretation trails and ecotourism.
Antonio is currently project analyst and director of ParksWatch - Brazil within O' Boticario Foundation's Protected Areas Program.
(In partnership with Trópico
Carlos Albacete - Director
Carlos Albacete received a degree in
political science from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. With more than
twelve years of experience in environmental work, he has carried out extensive
research on the state of the environment in Central America. His work as Greenpeace's
Advisor to Central America's Chemical and Biodiversity Campaigns included research
into the international trade of toxic waste, as well as fieldwork on the conservation
status of communal forests throughout Central America.
As Director of Oilwatch Mesoamerica,
he organized Mesoamerican opposition to petroleum development in the region,
with notable results in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Since
Verde, he has monitored the conservation status of several different plant
species, while advocating stricter protection of Guatemala's forests and wetlands.
Carlos is the author of numerous articles
and research reports on Guatemalan conservation and has won recognition and
awards for his work throughout Central America.
(In partnership with Naturalia
Gerardo Carréon - Director
Gerardo Carréon is a biologist
at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His Master's Project
is titled "Ecology and Biology of Conservation of the Guacamaya Roja (Ara
macao) in the Lacandon Forest, Chiapas, Mexico." He has studied both
the scarlet and green macaws (Ara militaris) for more than seven years
in the medium subdeciduous forests and the high evergreen forests, respectively.
He is a member of the Tri-national Iniciative:
Macaws without Borders in the Maya Forest of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico,
which is part of the Consultive Committee for Management and and Improvement
of Mexican Parrots. In addition, he has participated in ecological and conservation
projects on small mammals with the Ecological Institute at UNAM.
Diego Shoobridge - Director
Diego Shoobridge received his bachelor
degree in public relations in the Universidad de Lima, Perú and his master
degree in Tufts University, Massachusetts. He has extensive experience in environmental
education, training workshops, consulting and research for non-governmental
and private institution in rural areas, especially in the Amazon region. Diego
started working in the Peruvian Central Andes, with conservation and reforestation
He then started working in the Amazon
region, implementing several conservation and natural resource management programs,
working directly with indigenous communities and settlers. He carried out extensive
research in natural resource management in areas bordering protected areas,
promoting public awareness and organizational improvement to manage and preserve
His latest work was in the Purús
River, Perú, where he directed environmental research and public awareness
projects. He is continuously traveling inside the Amazon region doing environmental
assessments projects as an independent consultant.
(In partnership with Bioparques)
Rodolfo Castillo - Director
Adrian Monjeau - Director
Adrian Monjeau is a biologist (1982, La Plata University, Argentina) with a PhD in Natural Sciences (1989, La Plata University) and a post-doc in geographical ecology applied to conservation and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota (USA).
He published more than 30 scientific articles in ecology and mammal conservation in the protected areas of Patagonia. He coordinated nearly 40 environmental impact assessments implying compensation strategies aimed at creating new protected areas. Adrian is professor in Design of Natural Reserves, former chair of IUCN´s new world marsupial specialists group, and former senior consultant on a World Bank environmental project, for which he developed a monitoring system for Bolivia's protected areas.
Adrian Monjeau is director of the IARN (Institute for the Analysis of Natural Resources) at the Universidad Atlántida Argentina, in which he coordinates a team of scientists and technicians with emphasis in geomatics, geographic information systems, statistics and data analysis applied to park management. He is the mentor of seven students.
After several years spent searching for an
appropriate local partner to host a ParksWatch program
in Bolivia, we have finally found one:
Fundación Natura Bolivia
(FNB), a young Bolivian NGO based in Santa Cruz (the country's second largest city, located in the eastern lowlands).
FNB specializes in alternative approaches to nature conservation. Its core activity is the development of
local capacity for a Payments-for-Environmental-Services (PES) scheme that
involves communities located within the
buffer zone of Amboró National Park, whose economic activities threaten old-growth
montane Podocarpus forests. By strengthening local property rights
through institution-building and innovative
conservation and development programs, FNB aims to turn the Los Negros headwater inhabitants into the gatekeepers of these
In parallel with this effort, FNB
coordinates the preliminary research effort that will support
the creation of a significant
area (with a surface superior to
300,000 ha) in the Rio Grande
To carry out its ParksWatch-related activities, FNB recently hired José Manuel Rojas Gutiérrez, a biologist with over 10 years of field experience with populations of small mammals in southeasterrn Bolivia and associated with the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum of Santa Cruz.
e is the mentor of seven students.