Jenny Arias-Escandon

Specialist Consultant

jenny_001_15sep16_webJenny has seven years’ experience of working with the government, NGOs and indigenous authorities in Colombia. Her professional career has focused on designing and implementing environmental policies at the national level as well as leading projects to promote community-based conservation with small farmers and indigenous communities in areas of socio-environmental conflict.

Prior to her MPhil she worked for the United Nations Development Programme, coordinating and participating in national initiatives, such as the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), the expansion of the policy proposal to protect traditional knowledge systems and the creation of a National Marine Protected Areas System.

Jenny is fascinated by the interaction between socio-political systems and biodiversity and natural resources as well as instruments that reconcile environmental and development objectives. She believes that local dialogue and participation is critical to achieving long-term conservation outcomes.

Jenny was recently awarded a distinction for her MPhil in Conservation leadership at the University of Cambridge. As part of her Masters course, she joined TBC to complete her placement project of identifying the main challenges and opportunities to implement the national biodiversity policy in Colombia.