Maria Teresa Vargas

Maria Teresa Vargas

Executive Director

Maria Teresa has years of experience in the fields of public policy as it relates to natural resource use―specifically sustainable forest management― and the application of economic tools for environmental protection. As the Executive Director of the Natura Foundation Bolivia, she drives research on ecosystem services, especially those relating to water provisioning and purification. She has managed the project “Participatory integrated watershed management of the Los Negros River watershed”. Maria Teresa holds a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Contact: mteresavargas@naturabolivia.org

Huáscar Azurduy

Huáscar Azurduy

Director of Science

Huáscar serves as the Director of Science of Natura Foundation Bolivia. He is a biologist with a background in evolutionary biology and natural history.

Contact: huascarazurduy@naturabolivia.org

Natalia Araujo

Natalia Araujo

Resposible of the Protected Area Unit

Natalia is responsible to lead and manage the design and implementation of municipal protected areas in the action areas of Natura Foundation Bolivia. She is a biologist, with 16 years of work experience. Her backgound has focused on conservation planning and protected areas. She has worked mainly on developing eco-regional conservation plans, conservation corridors planning, management plans of protected areas and land and watershed use plans focusing on biodiversity conservation. She held several technical and management positions in conservation organizations in Bolivia and has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team in charge of strengthening the strategic and operational Protected Area System of Ecuador.

Contact: natalia.araujo.n@gmail.com

Tatiana Torrez

Tatiana Torrez

Administrative Director

Tatiana serves as the Administrative Director for Bolivia Nature Foundation. She is licensed in Finance Administration and Commercial Engineering from the Private University of Valle.

Contact: tatianatorrez@naturabolivia.org

Osvaldo Sánchez

Osvaldo Sánchez

Finance Director

Osvaldo comes to Bolivia Nature Foundation with more than eleven years’ experience in accounting, having served as assistant accountant, auditor, and accountant general for various institutions and companies. With his role as Finance Director for Bolivia Nature Foundation, he manages the administration of various institutional projects. Osvaldo is a licensed Public Accountant (Financial Auditor) with a degree from the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno in Santa Cruz de a Sierra.

Contact: osvaldosanchez@naturabolivia.org

Milton Huayrana

Milton Huayrana

RWA Coordinator – Chaco

Milton is responsible for implementing Reciprocal Watershed Agreements (RWAs) for forest conservation in the Chaco region of Bolivia. He has significant experience in the fields of forest fires, monitoring and control of deforestation, reforestation, and watershed and forest management. Prior to joining Natura Foundation Bolivia, he worked for the Department of Santa Cruz, developing programs and projects for public investment in natural resources and environmental protection. Milton is a forester with a degree from the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno, and is currently pursuing a law degree with the Private University Domingo Savio.

Contact: miltonhuayrana@naturabolivia.org

Máximo García

Máximo García

RWA Coordinator – Santa Cruz Valleys

Máximo joined Natura Foundation Bolivia in the science department, working in data gathering for the environmental and socioeconomic baseline analysis in the municipalities of Pucará, Vallegrande, Samaipata, Cabezas and Gutierrez. He was also resposible for the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project in the municipality of Moro Moro. He is currently working as the coordinator of RWA scheme (Reciprocal Water Agreements) in the Valleys of Santa Cruz Department. Máximo holds a degree in Forest Engineering from the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno.

Contact: maximogarcia@naturabolivia.org

Richard Estrada

Richard Estrada

RWA Coordinator - Chiquitania

Richard comes to Natura Foundation Bolivia with more than 10 years of experience in environmental management and protection. As RWA Coordinator, he is responsible for the development of local funds for upstream forest protection in the region of the Chiquitania. Richard holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno, with a specialty in developing and evaluation of projects relating to environmentally-friendly agriculture.

Contact: richardestrada@naturabolivia.org

Alfredo Escobar

Alfredo Escobar

RWA Coordinator-Amazon

Alfredo has a degree in Animal Husbandry from the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno, and diplomas in Animal Production and Community Economic Development. Before joining Natura Foundation Bolivia, he worked as the head of the Agency for Local Economic Development in the Municipality of El Torno, as a technician for friendly environment coffee production in CEPAC, and he was a consultant for the project PAR- MMyTR. He is currently the coordinator in charge of implementing RWA in the Amazon region in the municipalities of El Torno, Porongo, Buena Vista, San Carlos, Yapacani and La Guardia.

Contact: alfredoescobar@naturabolivia.org

Paulina Pinto

Paulina Pinto

RWA School Coordinator

An Agronomist by profession, Paulina has worked with the Natura Foundation Bolivia for 12 years, when the organization was first developing its Reciprocal Water Agreement’s scheme. Since then, she has served many different roles for the organization, landing currently as the Reciprocal Water Agreement’s School. She has additional experience developing local campaigns for forest conservation.

Contact: paulinapinto@naturabolivia.org

Julián Torrico

Julián Torrico

Project Technical Director

With a background in agronomy, Julián brings more than 22 years of experience in development work to Natura Foundation Bolivia. He has worked for institutions dedicated to a variety of causes: agriculture and animal husbandry, community organizing and planning, Municipal strengthening and management, community outreach, ecology, agroforestry, ecotourism, apiculture, integrative and participatory watershed management, soil and water management, sustainable natural resource use and management, payment for ecosystem services schemes, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and social responsibility. Previously, he has worked for institutions such as SEARPI-FAO, Friends of Nature Foundation, government offices, and OXY-Vintage Petroleum Boliviana LTD.

Contact: juliantorrico@naturabolivia.org

Daniela Salvatierra

Daniela Salvatierra

Coordinator- Marketing Department

Daniela has a degree in Biology, post graduate studies in Conservation Projects Development and holds a Masters in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from Florida University, with a minor on Environmental Education. She has a background on Environmental Education and local development projects, and before joining Natura Foundation Bolivia she worked for institutions such as Asociación Civil Armonía, Asociación Pro Credito, EFTA and Point Blue Conservation Science. She currently serves a the Coordinator from the Marketing Department.

Contact: danielasalvatierra@naturabolivia.org