2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow


282 Fellows

58 Countries

All 7 Continents

Executive Director at Fundacion Natura Bolivia

Santa Cruz
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Maria Teresa founded, organized and directed Natura Bolivia, an environmental and development NGO. As Executive Director, she developed the organization, defined its vision, policies and objectives, organized the administrative structure, selected and hired more than 51 staff, wrote proposals, and administered more than $1.5M per year. She has developed 52 local water funds in Bolivia, and helped to implement Reciprocal Watershed Agreements in various countries like Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.

Maria Teresa has published multiple papers including a study on reducing deforestation in indigenous territory and a National Park in Bolivia “el Tipnis,” “Selling two environmental services: payments for bird habitat and watershed protection in Bolivia” (Ecological Economics), and “Fair Deals for Watershed Services in Bolivia” (Natural Resource Issues # 7, International Institute for Environment and Development). She also co-authored “Can forest carbon projects improve rural livelihoods? Analysis of the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Project, Bolivia” (Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change). 

Maria Teresa has a master’s in forestry from Yale University.