Alejandra Benitez
Past Member

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Alejandra is an environmental engineer from Paraguay who is part of the technical team of the Centre for Protected Areas at Itaipu Binational. She works on research, monitoring, and management of conservation areas. Her areas of interest focus on management and conservation of natural resources, protected areas and sustainable tourism. She completed an MSc in Environmental Management, assessing the state of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (BR) over time using the latest available global information on human footprint. These reserves promote the reconciliation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and there are more than 600 BR around the globe. Her project sought to provide some insight about whether the designation of these areas contribute to lowering the pressure on biodiversity by promoting sustainable activities or if by the contrary, it tends to intensify human activities within their boundaries due to the existence of more resources and development opportunities.

Alejandra Benitez