Claudia Munera

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Name: Claudia Munera
Organization: Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Title: Volunteer: Nicaragua Chapter Director
I am a biologist from Colombia’s National University with over 10 years of professional experience and actively involved in conservation, birdwatching, sustainable development and ecotourism projects in Colombia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. I just finished a Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, sponsored by the International Training Centre of the ILO jointly with University of Torino, Politecnico di Torino in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Centre. I’m very interested in the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation. In Colombia I have been in charge of creating thematic working groups to enhance cooperation on specific themes and facilitate exchanges between experts and practitioners. At the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt in Colombia I was a researcher for invasive and endangered species, where I contributed to updating IUCN’s red list book of birds, supported the CITES and the Important Bird Area programs, helped in the elaboration of risk analyses for vertebrate invasive species and was manager of data infrastructure for the Humboldt Institute’s scientific collections. As consultant for PROEXPORT I led the creation of the first edition of the Colombian birdwatching travel guide. In Central America I have worked as a consultant in sustainable tourism for the Guatemalan Tourism Board, consultant in public policies with Fundacion Movimundo (Guatemala), and was birdwatching instructor for local guides in Nicaragua. I worked in the Capacity Building Program for the Guatemalan Protected Areas System at the Protected Areas National Council of Guatemala. In Nicaragua I am now involved in an applied research to identify biocultural products/services in Rio San Juan Biosphere reserve as part of the co-design process for sustainability, and I am consultant for climate change adaptation for the private agricultural and tourism sector in Nicaragua (IADB/FOMIN). As an entrepreneur I'm working in my own business.

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We are working to establish a fine cacao farm and preserve the rainforest in the buffer zone of Rio San Juan Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua. The farm acquired in 2005 has an area of 28,2 ha, 80% covered by forest, the remaining is the agroforestry system. Future plans include artisanal chocolate.