Arturo Izurieta Valery has extensive experience in research and management of protected areas and local communities in islands, emphasizing the relationship between environmental health and human wellbeing. He has worked for more than 30 years on strategic projects and facilitating relations between government authorities, local actors, academia, and science from Ecuador, Galapagos, Australia, Malaysia, and Central America. Dr. Izurieta has a post-doctorate degree from Charles Darwin University, Australia with studies of participatory processes to evaluate the collaborative management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia, and a PhD in Management of Rural and Natural Systems at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has a Master's degree in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity at CATIE, Costa Rica in 1997, and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in 1991. He also has an appointment as a Research Associate at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University, Australia, since 2011. He was Director of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve from 1991 to 1995 and from 2013 to 2015, and Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands from 2015 to 2020. He worked as Advisor to the Presidency of the Galapagos Government Council (CGREG) on international cooperation, linking projects of provincial need in the social and environmental fields with multilateral, bilateral, and NGO funding sources.
He is currently an independent consultant on protected areas, natural resources, and sustainability. He coordinates the Oceans, Coasts, and Islands Group of the Ecuadorian NGO, CEDENMA.
Coordinadora Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y el Medio Ambiente (CEDENMA)
Country of Residence
Field of expertise
Rural and Natural Systems Management
Protected areas, natural resources, and sustainability
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