MARIA JOSELLA PANGILINAN
• Maria is the Program Manager for Conservation International’s Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction programme in the Philippines. She grew up in the suburbs of Quezon City, but spent her summers at the beach during in her father’s hometown in Iloilo.
Her experience ranges from coastal resource management to humanitarian work, from disaster risk reduction to climate change adaptation.
Maria has worked on the restoration of coastal wetlands for more than 10 years, mostly in the Verde Island Passage.
Maria’s work in mangrove conservation is focused mostly on ensuring that mangrove rehabilitation is science based and community-managed.
In the Verde Island Passage, Maria has directly helped protect and manage around 500 hectares of mangrove and has helped rehabilitate around 150 hectares.
Maria is dedicated to facing the challenges involved in influencing the government to adapt to science based, community-managed mangrove management.
For Maria, the most rewarding aspect of her work is being able to work with passionate, dedicated, and active community members, and being able to help develop key leaders in natural resource management.
Maria is a total homebody, never happier than when she’s reading a good book or cooking a tasty meal.