Av. Francisco de Miranda, Edif. Roraima, Piso 12, Of 12 Caracas VEN
I am an oceanographer and a planning oriented professional with 36 years of experience in marine policy and conservation projects in Brazil, Venezuela & the Caribbean. With a background in oceanography, marine conservation and international relations, I have had ample experience in regional & multilateral environmental organizations, protected areas management & planning, integrated coastal zone management and national marine policies. Passionate about using scientific knowledge to communicate & to raise consciousness on environmental awareness and to improve national policy decisions. Author of the “Dictionary of the Venezuelan Sea” a general reference book of marine words, definitions and information. I am a founding member of Fundación Caribe Sur, a non governmental organization specialized in marine conservation that has been promoting the creation of the “Southern Caribbean Islands” Transboundary Marine Corridor that includes La Orchila, Los Roques, Las Aves, Bonaire and Curaçao, since 2004.
I consider myself to be very well informed in marine policies & conservation fields and am well regarded by my colleagues and members of the conservation and maritime sectors.
Coming from a country with a challenging economic, social and political situation, I have a practical view of what can be accomplished with the scarce resources available in a country like Venezuela, where you have to develop the ability to find ways to survive.
Today our marine sciences sector is struggling to survive, during 2020 our universities and research institutions suffered constant attacks, including looting and arson, resulting in both the burning of the Universidad de Oriente's central library on the Cumaná Campus and the Instituto Oceanografico de Venezuela (1960), an emblematic institution that has been virtually destroyed.
The marine sciences in Venezuela needs help from the international community. Venezuela cannot be left out of the Ocean Decade. Thank You