The Forum provides a framework to join efforts and coordinate the discourse of the member civil society organizations on a regional approach, as well as to promote objectives that each one on its own, or in more restricted alliances, would not be in a position to undertake.



Integrate this international network of organizations dedicated to promoting policies and measures to protect a healthy Patagonian Marine ecosystem.



What distinguishes this network is the large-scale outlook, inspired by the fact that ecosystem processes and their living components go beyond political frontiers.


Steering Committee

The Forum is the result of volunteer work of representatives of the member organizations. These member representatives meet regularly in plenary meetings where individuals and other organizations may participate as observers. Between plenary meetings, the Steering Committee, a Coordinator and the Working Groups are responsible for the projects’ progress.

Alejandro Vila

He is a biologist and has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Buenos Aires University. He works in ecology and conservation of mammals and birds, as well as marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the Southern Cone of America.

He has 30 years of experience in education, management, research and management applied to conservation. He has worked for Buenos Aires University, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina, WWF and WCS, as well as a consultant for the National Parks Administration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, the National University of Southern Patagonia, JICA, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc., and GEF / UNDP (Natural Patagonia Foundation). He has published many scientific articles and books. Today he is the Scientific Director of WCS Chile.

Diego Taboada
Vice President

Founding member and President of the Whale Conservation Institute. With a degree in Agricultural Engineering and then in Foreign Trade, over the years he has developed his vocation related to the conservation of biodiversity.

In the early 1990s he joined the team led by Dr. Roger Payne, who started the Southern Right Whale Program in the province of Chubut, Argentina, in 1970. His dedication has resulted in the creation of a solid working team that has strengthened the continuity of scientific studies, conservation and education carried out by the ICB.

Esteban Frere

Biologist and PhD in Marine Ecology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been studying the seabird ecology and conservation on the Patagonian coast over the last 30 years, especially penguins, cormorants, albatross and petrels.

He is professor at the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral, and researcher of CONICET, Argentina. In 1996, he and other colleagues, started to study interactions between seabirds and fisheries with special interest on the mortality of albatross and petrels in longline fishery. Since 2006 he is the South American Coordinator of the BirdLife International Marine Program (BIMP), with base in Aves Argentinas.

Ana Di Pangracio

Argentine lawyer from Buenos Aires University specialized in Environmental Law. She was a Fellow of the Swedish program “Linnaeus-Palme” (Master in Environmental Policy, Lund University) and alumni of the Leadership Program for International Visitors of the State Department of the United States. Ana graduated from the Legal Clinic in Environmental Law of FARN.

Worked at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina as an environmental consultant, and as a lawyer for the private sector. She has also been professor at several Argentine universities. Ana has been part of the FARN team since 2010, as the Coordinator of the Biodiversity Department and since May 2013 as Associate Executive Director.

Andrés Estrades

Founder of Karumbé in 1999. He currently holds the position of Executive Director. Technician in Museology, with university studies in Biology and Anthropology.

In Karumbé he has developed conservation programs next to artisanal fishermen, and programs for the identification of marine turtles. He has created several centers of environmental interpretation, as well as environmental education programs. He has worked intensively for the creation of marine protected areas in Uruguay, and is currently advisor to the CAE of Cerro Verde, Rocha, in Uruguay. His experience includes research and scientific publications on status, diet, migrations and threats, as well as aspects of education and conservation of sea turtle species in Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean. He is an active member of the IUCN group of marine turtle specialists and a member of the International Sea Turtle Society. He is member of the Forum since 2010.

Daniela Droguett Caro

Degree in Biological Sciences, with extensive experience in environmental education and conservation of marine ecosystems, doing her thesis at the Francisco Coloane Marine Park, where she worked with humpback whales.

Between 2008 and 2015 she worked as Coordinator of the Education Program of WCS Chile, through which she implemented environmental education projects and dissemination of the natural and cultural heritage of the Magallanes Region. Currently, she is the Director for the Magallanes Region of WCS Chile, developing in the fields of conservation management, science outreach and environmental education of the country’s biodiversity.

She is co-author of 6 scientific publications related to areas of high conservation value, ecosystem services and species, as well as the book “Chile es Mar”. She was recognized as part of the “100 Young Leaders of Chile” (2013, El Mercurio newspaper), received the “Women and Environment” award (2016, Regional Government of Magallanes), was declared “Outstanding Citizen” (2018, Municipality of Puerto Natales), was highlighted as “Conservationist” (2019, “El Domingo” magazine of El Mercurio newspaper) and recently highlighted by local media for her contribution to conservation science.

Claudio Campagna

Founder, ex President and consulting member

Argentine scientist, conservationist and writer. He has vast research experience on Patagonian marine mammals with Wildlife Conservation Society.

Claudio has created and been on the managing boards of several national and international non-governmental organizations, all of them dedicated to biodiversity conservation. He has designed and promoted initiatives of trans-disciplinary and international scientific cooperation in order to increase knowledge of ecological values of the seas surrounding the Southern Cone (such as “Sea and Sky Project” and the “Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Species and Spaces”). He is the author of scientific publications and science books, essays and fiction.

Eduardo Francisco

Veterinary doctor graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, specialized in medicine of wild animals in the areas of animal welfare, management, reproduction, assisted breeding and rehabilitation.

He has 32 years of work experience; at the Buenos Aires Zoo and at the Buenos Aires National Aquarium he has participated in conservation projects and in the rehabilitation of penguins and sea turtles, and in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea lions, among other species.

In Temaikèn Foundation he served as Scientific Director managing the Fauna, Education, Conservation and Research areas. He is currently the Director of Scientific Relations of Fundación Temaikèn and Coordinator of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Latin American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

Guillermo Cañete

Ecologist from Argentina with a vast career at the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development.

At the institute he has worked on stock evaluation and by-catch estimates. He also developed the On-Board Observers Program. Since 2003 he has been the Coordinator of the Marine Program at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina where he has focused on an ecosystem vision of the Argentine Sea. He promotes Marine Spatial Planning, a network of MPAs, and sustainable fisheries, responsible practices that minimize environmental impacts, and market incentives that result in the sustainable use of marine ecosystems. He is also professor of Fishing Engineering at the National Technology University in Mar del Plata.

Kleber Grübel da Silva

Oceanologist, with Masters and Doctorate in Biological Oceanography from the Federal University of Rio Grande – FURG

He has been working for 30 years on conservation, education and environmental management projects for ecosystems and marine and coastal biodiversity. Project executing technician of the Environmental Education and Monitoring Center (NEMA).

Leandro Tamini

Biologist from Argentina, graduated at Buenos Aires University. He has been part of the Aves Argentinas team since 2006, where he coordinates the Marine Program.

His main interest is the development of practical solutions to reduce interaction between seabirds and fisheries on which he has conducted research since 2003. He has also worked on a number of different projects covering citizen science, pollution and fisheries by-catch discards.

María Carolina Jarpa Varela

Msc. in Environment and Human Settlements of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with multidisciplinary training and experience, and studies in ecology and visual arts.

Carolina has developed professional experience in projects related to sustainable development and marine and coastal environmental conservation, as well as the organization and coordination of projects, nationally and internationally, forming part of the coordination of IMPAC-4 (International Marine Protected Areas Congress) in Chile. He has managed the joint work with several key actors in the fields of NGOs, government and academia. In 2018, he coordinated the process of holding the workshop on guidelines for the creation and implementation of MPAs in which NGOs from the Forum and Chilean NGOs participated.

Carolina developed as Coordinator of the Chilean node of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea, and currently works as Chilean Patagonian Project Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Mariano Golzález Roglich

Engineer in Natural Resources and Environment, graduated from the National University of La Pampa. Doctor in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida.

His work has focused on developing conservation strategies, especially related to land use and land cover change, aimed at addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation and the restoration and maintenance of ecosystem services.

He currently serves as Director of WCS Argentina. Previously, he worked at Conservation International, where as Director of Ecosystem Analysis, he led the development of “Trends.Earth”, a geospatial solution for assessing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the identification of priority areas for restoration and the implementation of GEF Projects to address land degradation issues.

Pablo (Popi) Garcia Borboroglu

PhD in Biology and conservationist. He is the Founder-President of the Global Penguin Society (GPS), Researcher at the Nat. Research Council in Argentina and Professor at the University of Washington. .

Since 1989, he has worked in the field of marine research and conservation, with special emphasis on penguins. He also works on marine protected areas designation, planning and implementation.

He has spearheaded global conservation efforts on science, management and education to benefit penguins in several countries, including the co-creation and direction of the IUCN Penguin Specialist Group, the designation of the largest Biosphere Reserve for Argentina and the creation of the Punta Tombo MPA.

He is a Duke University and a Pew Fellow 2009, recipient of the Whitey Gold Award, the National Geographic Buffet Award 2018 and the Honor Recognition by the Congress of Argentina.

Roxana Schteinbarg

Agricultutal Engineer, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Co-founder of Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas de Argentina. Currently, coordinates the area of communication and conservation.

In 1991, Roxana began volunteering with the Ocean Alliance/Whale Conservation Institute, which represented a turning point in her life. In 1996, s he co-founded the Whale Conservation Institute (ICB) together with Dr. Mariano Sironi and Diego Taboada. She founded the Program “Bringing the Whales to your School” that has reached more than 6000 students in three Argentine provinces. Over 25 years of work she was noted for her creative ideas and the management of projects linked to the area of conservation and communication.

She is a spokes staff and representative of the ICB in the International Whaling Commission. Her greatest desire is to achieve an end to whaling and protect the oceans from actions of anthropic origin. Within the framework of the Forum, it promoted the reactivation of the Clean Patagonian Sea Working Group.

Alexandra Sapoznikow


Biologist from Argentina dedicated to marine conservation through science and education.

Her scientific research has been focused on seabird conservation. She worked for governmental institutions, and national and international NGOs, where she has developed environmental education, science communication and capacity building programs. She is professor of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the human dimension of conservation, and is the founder of the Network of Young Leaders of Marine Conservation. She has participated in different Forum projects since 2006 and is the current Coordinator since August 2016.

Daniela Castro

Coordinator (Chilean node)

With twenty years of experience working in various public and private conservation initiatives in Chilean Patagonia, Daniela has specialized in the articulation of groups of non-governmental organizations and inter-institutional committees for making concerted decisions and promoting joint actions.

Her professional experience took her from terrestrial conservation to the marine, integrating both ecosystems and betting on collaborative work with a diversity of actors to create new paradigms. She developed experience in networking, facilitation and team management, working with conservation NGOs in Chile (coordinated by the Patagonia Mar y Tierra collective, and led the technical area of the Defense Council of Chilean Patagonia) and with territorial actors and organizations of the State.

She trained as an agricultural engineer at the Catholic University of Chile and completed a Master’s degree with the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development, Biodiversity and Land Management in France. She was born in Chile, raised in Africa and “spoiled” in Patagonia where she lived and worked for more than 15 years, both in private conservation with Tompkins Conservation and in the public sphere of national parks with CONAF. Today she is based in the city of Valdivia.

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