Ernesto Enkerlin: Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

Areas of expertise: Protected areas, ecosystem services, sustainability, biodiversity stewardship, rural development, land/seascape level conservation, developing country perspectives, parrot ecology, ecological restoration, species recovery plans, environmental policy.

Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich Photo: Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich

Dr. Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich is head of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. He is a prominent Mexican conservationist, environmentalist, opinion leader and researcher specialized in protected areas, ecosystem services, sustainability, biodiversity stewardship and rural development.

From 2001 to 2010, he was National Commissioner for Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP). During his tenure, Mexico increased its protected area coverage by almost 50 % with 43 new protected areas covering over eight million hectares. During that period, Mexico became a world leader in the implementation of Ramsar, World Heritage and Biological Diversity Conventions and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Network.

Dr. Enkerlin has worked as conservationist for several NGOs and co-founded Amigos de la Naturaleza and Pronatura Noreste. He has also worked as a research professor at the Center for Environmental Quality (ITESM) and as an adjunct research scientist for the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He currently leads the Natural Solutions Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and serves on board of several organizations.

Location: Monterrey, México
Language: Spanish, English, German

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