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Bogota, Colombia
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An expert in climate change and biodiversity in Colombia

Carolina Figueroa Arango is an experienced Climate Change Consultant, with a successful track record working for companies in the climate change, environmental and international development sector. Carolina has held senior positions at USAID, UNFPA and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). She specializes in climate change, public policy, ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental issues


Experience
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) • Colombia

National Consultant

2018 - Present (1 year, 8 months)
Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management;
It is one of the three so-called "Rio conventions" that sprang from the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992;
The other two Rio conventions are the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)
WWF Colombia • Colombia

Linked Indicators for Ecosystem Services Project Coordinator

2017 - Present (2 years, 3 months)
WWF started in 1964 supporting conservation actions and in 1993 consolidated its presence in the country as Program Office;
The work of WWF Colombia integrates actions at different scales, from local to international, in priority landscapes of the ecoregional complexes of the northern Amazon, the Orinoco, the Andes and the Pacific;
WWF is the main global conservation organization, with a presence in more than 100 countries and which has the support of more than 5 million members;
WWF's actions are focused on six major objectives: species, forests, oceans, fresh water, food, climate and energy; WWF also has three transversal lines of action: political and social governance, finance and markets;
WWF's work to conserve our planet's natural resources combines our unprecedented global reach with a strong foundation in science;
WWF is involved at all levels, from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions to meet the needs of people and nature
Luc Hoffmann Institute • Colombia

Regional Coordinator

2016 - 2017 (1 year, 2 months)
Luc Hoffmann Institut use significant expertise and rigorous methodology to interrogate the most pressing threats to life on Earth;
Accompanying this are bespoke processes designed to help their partners integrate theory and practice, and turn ideas into tangible action;
The result is a dynamic approach that enables people to build on each other’s contributions to the field, and jointly create the conditions to accelerate change
USAID

Climate Change Advisor - Project Management Specialist

2014 - 2016 (2 years, 4 months)
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential;
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world;
USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad;
USAID promote broadly shared economic prosperity and help societies prevent and recover from conflicts;
They provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters
Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Climate Change Officer

2010 - 2012 (2 years, 8 months)
Coordinated and advisory supported climate change management in National Parks of Colombia;
Designed and implemented the Climate Change Strategy for National Parks of Colombia;
Prepared and implemented national workshops for strengthening capacities in climate change among Colombian National Parks staff;
Designed and implemented the first vulnerability assessment methodology for protected areas;
Provided national and international outreach for creating alliances and partnerships for implementing the climate change strategy National Parks;
Provided advisory and technical support for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects (including REDD) in the context of protected areas;
Also provided advisory and technical support for the design of national policies in climate change adaptation and mitigation

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