Restoring ecosystems. A big challenge demands big actions with significant conservation efforts.

Restoring ecosystems. A big challenge demands big actions with significant conservation efforts.

Ana Gabriela Monroy Chaparro

My name is Gaby and I am an student and Internationalist passionate about wildlife conservation, ecosystems restauration and adaptation to climate change. I am from a small city near to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Currently, I am completing my bachelor’s degree in International Relations with research that explores improvements to international conservation initiatives, focusing on challenges in transboundary biodiversity hotspots between Mexico and Central American Countries.

Coming from a biodiverse but vulnerable country, I find myself advocating for biodiversity and climate change negotiations with government, civil society, academy and communities, providing a multidisciplinary approach. I deeply believe that youth needs to be part of every single negotiation related to sustainable development, climate change and wildlife conservation.

Through my work at an national and international level, I have learnt, that we will lead the actions for a better future and our voice needs to be heard now. I am so excited because Y4WC forum aims to reduce the existing gap between social scientists and wildlife conservationists. Our work will contribute to a stronger wildlife conservation framework in CITES CoP18, Sri Lanka 2019.