Scuba Diver Australasia - - Conservation -

• 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.

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