NETWORKING

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.

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Organizations

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

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Countries

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

Members

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

Vice-president

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

Secretary

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.

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.

She is responsible for the project Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals in Santa Cruz, Argentina. She has also done research on animal behavior at the University of Lujan. Since 2007, she leads the Conservation and Research Department of the Temaikén Foundation, coordinating programs for the conservation of threatened species and protected areas. She is coordinator of the Conservation Committee of the Latin American Zoological Association and member of conservation committee of the American and World Association of Zoos (AZA and WAZA).

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.

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.

Guillermo Harris

Wildlife enthusiast and conservationist, veterinarian and wildlife artist, director of large scale projects and programs aimed at protecting biodiversity in temperate South America. Since 1981, he works for Wildlife Conservation Society in the Southern Cone.

He was appointed WCS Country Director for Argentina in 2000. He directed projects funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aimed at strengthening management and wildlife conservation on the coast of Patagonia from 1993 to 2014. These projects were instrumental for the reduction of oiling of Magellanic penguins at sea and in the creation in 2009 of the first marine park in Argentina, Patagonia Austral, a 1,100 square kilometer coastal marine protected area in the north of Golfo San Jorge. He is the author and has illustrated field guides of wildlife on the Patagonian coast.

Liesbeth van der Meer

Veterinarian from Chile graduated at the University of Chile. Master in natural resource management and sustainable environments specialized in fishing economy at the University of British Columbia.

She has worked for Oceana Chile since 2013 as Director of the Fisheries Campaign where she has focused on recovery plans for hake and horse mackerel. Her research has contributed to the revision of the Fishing Law, to demands on making public information on the use of antibiotics in salmon culture in Chile, and one of the most important contributions to marine conservation in Chile that was the creation of the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, the largest in America. Since 2016 she has been vice president of Oceana, Chile.

Alexandra Sapoznikow

Coordinator

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.