Lilian Painter
Country Program Director
Lilian Painter completed her PhD in Liverpool University, United Kingdom in Behavioural Ecology, before starting work in the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape. She is now director of the Bolivia country program. She has led the development of management plans over 2,300,000 hectares of proteceted areas in the landscape and promoted alliances to support conservation with a wide array on organizations from indigenous and peasant organizations, to local, regional and national state and private entities. She has been awarded a prize by the protected area service of Bolivia as the most important contribution to the protected area service from civil society.
Robert Wallace
Director of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program
Rob Wallace volunteered for WCS in eastern Bolivia for two years before completing a WCS supported PhD on spider monkey behavioral ecology. He is now the Director of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program in northwestern Bolivia and southeastern Peru. Since 1999 he has led research teams on jaguars, Andean bears, Andean condors, giant otters, and various ungulates and primates, including the discovery of a new species of titi monkey. He has helped supervise 40 Bolivian undergraduate and postgraduate Biology students in the development of theses. He is a member of the IUCN Neotropical Primate, Tapir, Otter and Cracid Specialist Groups. He also works on a wide variety of community-based natural resource management projects and works on indigenous organization and protected area conservation planning and monitoring and the technical aspects of institutional strengthening.
Oscar Loayza
Deputy Director, Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program
Oscar Loayza is an agronomist by profession with specialization in rural development in protected areas and specialty degree in human geography and methodologies for environmental and social research. It has started its activity as a researcher in South American camelids and precisely from its relationship with Vicuña 1996 has taken over as director of the National Wildlife Ulla Ulla , from which it has served more than 11 years working in areas protected from Bolivia as director Ulla Ulla- Apolobamba (1996-2001) and Madidi (2001-2004) and as Director of Planning National Service of Protected Areas ( 2004-2006). After a brief stint as head of Foundation Intercoopera issues Water and Biodiversity (2006-2007) , has initiated activities in WCS where he currently holds the position of deputy director of the conservation program of the great landscape Madidi - Tambopata and responsible coordination component of territorial management and protected areas
Elvira Salinas
Coordinator of Monitoring and Communication
Elvira Salinas is a psychologist by training and has completed postgraduate studies in protected area planning and in Andean and Amazonian history at the San Andrés University in Bolivia. She has specialized in topics related to environmental management, from a historical and social perspective, allowing her to work in environmental planning, environmental and historical research, protected area management, environmental education and communication. As monitoring and communication coordinator in WCS Bolivia, Elvira has supported systematization and outreach of the outcomes of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program. She has also collaborated in editing scientific and technical documents, organizing photographic exhibitions and communication events and in the design and implementation of a communication strategy. She has published several books and articles on environmental management, protected areas and related to the cultural value of wildlife.
Guido Ayala Crespo
Coordinator of Scientific Research
Erika Rowland is a conservation scientist working for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program with a background in forest resources, palaeoecology, and applied conservation. For several years she has focused on climate change adaptation for natural resource conservation in sites across North America, applying both vulnerability assessment and other climate impact science and engaged in the decision-making and approaches that support it. She has also been involved in developing adaptation-oriented guidance and trainings with the many partners, including the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. Erika earned degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (MS) and University of Maine (PhD).
Zulema Lehm Ardaya
Specialist in Social Issues
Bolivian sociologist with a bachelor degree in Sociology from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, in La Paz, Bolivia, and holds a Masters degree in Amazon Studies from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) - Ecuador. She has over 20 years experience working with indigenous communities in the Bolivian Amazon and is an author of books and articles based on social research on indigenous peoples, natural resource management, co-administration of protected areas and gender issues. Since 2011 she has been working with WCS as social specialist on indigenous organizations and gender issues. Among her most outstanding works is the support to the Tacana Indigenous Council (CIPTA) in the design of their Territorial Management Plan in two versions, one for the period between 2000 to 2005 and the other from 2014 until 2024. Additionally, she is technically coordinating a process of systematizing more than ten years experience in indigenous territorial management by the Tacana People.
Nuria Bernal
Nuria Bernal Hoverud es bióloga (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia), con una Maestría en Biología de la Conservación de la Universidad de Columbia (EE.UU.) y en Ecología en el College of Environmental Sciencies and Forestry (CESF) de la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York (SUNY). Fue parte del equipo de investigadores de la Colección Boliviana de Fauna-Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, asumiendo la responsabilidad de la colección científica de mamíferos durante estos años de trabajo. Desde el 2010 es parte del equipo de WCS Bolivia, y es responsable de seguimiento de los proyectos ejecutados por la institución para el manejo de los recursos naturales y la conservación de la vida silvestre. Su principal área de interés es la ecología y biogeografía de los mamíferos pequeños, la relación histórica y presente de los hábitats donde viven y con sus predadores. Nuria fue parte del grupo de investigadores que aportó con su trabajo e información científica en la elaboración del plan de manejo de Madidi (2005), y es una enamorada más de sus paisajes y su biodiversidad.
Guido Miranda
Guido Miranda Chumacero, nacido en Potosí, es biólogo formado en la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (La Paz, Bolivia). Desde el inicio de su carrera fue investigador asociado de la Unidad de Limnología del Instituto de Ecología. Realizó sus primeras investigaciones sobre la biología y ecología de los peces de cavernas en el Parque Nacional de Torotoro y los peces de aguas termales en Potosí. Ha trabajado en proyectos de peces ornamentales en varias zonas de la Amazonía. Desde el 2007 es parte del equipo de WCS Bolivia coordinando proyectos de manejo de vida silvestre con comunidades indígenas del norte de La Paz y desarrollando trabajos de investigación sobre peces. Tiene varias publicaciones sobre el manejo de vida silvestre y la ictiofauna boliviana.
Ximena Sandy Valencia
Productive Projects Coordinator
Ximena Sandy Valencia es Ingeniera Agrónoma por la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (México), cuenta con una maestría en Gestión de Proyectos en la Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional, Costa Rica. Ha enfocado su carrera hacia la gestión de sistemas de producción sostenibles en todos los pisos ecológico de Bolivia. Trabaja en WCS desde 2009 y actualmente coordina la implementación de proyectos de aprovechamiento sostenible de recursos naturales, que se implementan en el marco de la gestión territorial de los pueblos indígenas y de comunidades campesinas. Junto a su equipo ha desarrollado emprendimientos económicos que se destacan por su aporte a la conservación y a la diversificación de los medios de vida.
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