Colombia’s National Parks director is one of the most important conservationists in the world
“One of the most respected conservationists in the world”. This is how the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) described Julia Miranda, the Director of Colombia’s National Parks organization, when it awarded her the Good Steward prize, a top-ranking award in the realm of global conservation.
Miranda has been Director of the entity responsible for administering and managing the National Parks System since 2004. It also has responsibility for coordinating the National Protected Areas System, SINAP.
Establishing ten new National Parks and expanding three existing such areas are but some of the many outstanding achievements during her administration. She has also overseen the signing of various agreements between National Parks and indigenous communities to conserve protected areas and preserve ethnic and cultural heritage. Additionally, Miranda has worked alongside experts from the WWF and International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas on analyzing the effectiveness of Parks System management, and she succeeded in getting the Gorgona and Tatamá National Parks and the Galeras Wildlife Sanctuary added to the IUCN Green List. A further achievement has seen the Malpelo Wildlife Sanctuary included on the UNESCO World Heritage lists, and she is working with the same determination toward a similar goal with the Chiribiquete Range National Park.
As a result of her work, National Parks has received more than COP 700,000 million in contributions to its conservation projects and programs, through governments and multinational organizations, public-private alliances, and South-South cooperation.
The Good Steward prize, which is awarded to people who do outstanding work in the field of conservation, has been given to leading world figures such as Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Prince Albert II of Monaco, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg, and United States Senator Rob Portman.
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