Coordinator of Protected Areas at Fundación Natura Bolivia
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Henry Bloomfield Melgar works as coordinator of the protected areas unit at Natura Bolivia Foundation. He has a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master's in Conservation of Biodiversity Practice obtained in CATIE, Costa Rica. His professional experience has been developed in the area of conservation planning, with an emphasis on creation of protected areas and development of management plans. He has been involved with the protected areas national systems of Bolivia and Costa Rica. Henry has also participated in the development of strategic territorial planning with a focus on participatory processes at local and regional levels. In the last few years, he has worked on the process of creating subnational protected areas. One of its challenges is the establishment of new tools, such as conservation agreements in the management of non-traditional protected areas. Henry works directly with local communities (indigenous people and ranchers) and municipal authorities for decision-making on issues of conservation and development.