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.

Claudio Campagna

Fundador y President

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alex Muñoz Wilson

Lawyer from the University of Chile and master’s degree in international and comparative law from the George Washington University. He has specialized in environmental law, international human rights law, transparency, and anticorruption.

He has been the driving force behind the most important ocean policy changes in Chile, including establishing the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, the largest no-take zone in the Americas (in partnership with Pristine Seas), and Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park around Salas y Gómez island, the second largest no-take zone in the Americas (also in partnership with Pristine Seas); protecting all of Chile’s 117 seamounts from bottom trawling; reforming Chile’s fisheries law to require science-based quotas; stopping coal-fired power plants from destroying the marine habitat and fishers’ livelihood; protecting vast areas of Patagonia from salmon farming; establishing the first regulations to reduce antibiotic use in Chilean salmon aquaculture; and banning shark finning in the country. He is National Geographic Pristine Seas director for Latin America. Previously, he was Oceana’s vice president for Chile.

Carina Righi

Biologist from the University of Buenos Aires specialized in Natural Space Management and Conservation, with a vast experience in marine conservation projects in Argentine Patagonia.

Carina has more than two decades of experience in multiple aspects of conservation and management of natural resources in the Argentina. She served as Coordinator of the Conservation Committee of the Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Member of the Conservation Committee of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and of the Conservation and Sustainability Committee of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She was a member of the Board of the Argentine Network of Private Natural Reserves and member of the Steering Group of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence. She also served as a professor at the University of Belgrano, Argentina. As a researcher, she focused on marine mammals, and specifically on commerson´s dolphins. For 11 years, Carina directed the Conservation and Research Department of the Temaiken Foundation.Today she is the Director for WCS Argentina.

Cristina Torres

Marine biologist, M. SC. in environmental development from Universidad de Valparaiso.

She has over 15 years of experience as a manager, coordinator, scientist, project and group lead in the fields of nature conservation, aquaculture and marine sciences. Currently, she is the Marine Program Manager for World Wildlife Fund Chile.
In her years at WWF, she has worked on the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas in Patagonia and its management, wildlife protection, responsible aquaculture production, leading the engagement efforts with different stakeholders to reduce the environmental impacts of salmon farming in the South of Chile. The program she leads is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, community, sustainable fisheries, species, and sustainable aquaculture. Before joining WWF, she interned as an environmental analyst for the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture for the Chilean government, worked as a scientist for the Maintencillo Management Area for the Exploitation of Benthic Resources (AMERB), as well as lead researcher and aquaculture consultant on technical and legal issues at an environmental law firm.

Diego Taboada

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carolina Jarpa


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

She 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.
since 2006 and is the current Coordinator since August 2016.