Vanesa Ramos Abensur

Thursday April 11, 2019

Vanesa Ramos Abensur


I have worked for nine years in environmental governance, climate change adaptation and sustainable development projects in the Peruvian Andes and the Brazilian tropical rainforest, covering a wide range of contexts and working alongside multilevel stakeholders: local and indigenous communities, local and national authorities, NGOs, research centres, international cooperations and regional networks.

In my project management work with Asociación ANDES, I was involved in developing proposals, managing financial funds, and monitoring and evaluating projects. This nonprofit association works on the struggle and relief from poverty, biodiversity management, the recognition and strengthening of communal traditional rights on biocultural resources, and the promotion of institutional changes and policies relevant to conservation and development. I also worked on environmental and social baselines studies and biological monitoring in the Andean region with ANDES, Knight Piésold Consulting and Environmental Resources Management.

As a researcher, I have developed and implemented interdisciplinary investigations on local and indigenous communities, and carried out systematic analysis of qualitative and quantitative information on environmental governance, climate change and agriculture, traditional ecological knowledge and medicinal plants in different areas of  the Peruvian Andes. I hold a degree in Ecology from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru) and a Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development from Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (Brazil). Through my Masters, I developed a proposal for a community-based governance model for the conservation of agrobiodiversity, for communities of Potato Park in Cuzco, Peru. Currently, I am in the second year of my doctoral studies in Environment and Sustainable Development. My PhD work seeks to provide concrete proposals for strategies to face the scarcity of water caused by climate change, in order to increase food security in high Andean communities.

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