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Ivette Castaneda

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Bio
Ivette is a grassroots leader and Indigenous Quechua descendant who believes that human relationships with the environment are directly related to our wellbeing. Ivette graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica (Peru) with a B.S. in Sociology and from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina) and University of Montreal (Canada) with a MA in International Studies. At university, she was interested in the decision-making regarding natural resources, including the international governance of extractive industries. She obtained extensive experience in the decision making over natural resources from corporations, government institutions and communities-mostly indigenous- in the Andes and the Amazon. Later, she decided to use her experience into the environmental conservation field and left her hometown to live in the Peruvian Amazon and join the NGO Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She used her ability to connect with people to implement applied research and interventions in natural resources management that benefits communities and the environment. Her main publications are available on the WCS website. At Bren, Ivette is specializing in Conservation Planning to advance her capacity to apply socio-economic and spatial data analysis into management solutions in tropical forests.

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