|All that Glitters is not Gold - Balancing Conservation and Development in Venezuela's Frontier Forests (WRI, 1998, 60 pages)|
Marta Miranda is a research analyst in WRI's Biological Resources Program. With Dr. Kenton Miller she has co-authored an Issues and Ideas paper titled "Decentralization and the Capacity to Manage Biodiversity." With a research background in the social geography of the Brazilian Amazon, she also manages forest policy projects in South America for WRI's Forest Frontiers Initiative.
Alberto Blanco-Uribe Q. is vice-president of the Fundación para la Defensa de la Naturaleza (FUDENA), president of the Fundación Jurídica para la Defensa de la Calidad de Vida (FUJUCAVI), and a founding member of the Latin American Association for Environmental Law. An environmental lawyer, he has been active on a national and international level, including as a consultant for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, Venezuelan National Parks Service (INPARQUES), and the Venezuelan Forest Plantation Association (ASOPLANT).
Lionel Hernandez is the coordinator for the Ecological Center for the Venezuelan Guayana at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana (UNEG). He is also the botanical coordinator for the Biodiversity Program of the Guayana Region (BioGuayana). With a background in forestry and forest ecology, he has worked in Canaima National Park for INPARQUES, and as a researcher for the Venezuelan Corporation for Guayana (CVG-EDELCA). He has published numerous articles and reports on forest vegetation and ecology of the Guayana region.
Jose Ochoa G. is president of the Venezuelan Association for the Conservation of Natural Areas (ACOANA). He holds a background in agricultural engineering, taxonomy of neotropical mammals, and ecology and is a researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Venezuelan National Council for Scientific Investigation and Technology (CONICIT). He has been a consultant for the Venezuelan Forest Service, INPARQUES, and the CVG, and a member of the National Wildlife Council and the National Council on Tepuyes. Dr. Ochoa has authored 39 publications related to wildlife and forest conservation in Venezuela.
Edgard Yerena is a Venezuelan biologist trained in ecology and protected areas management. He is a former head of the planning department of the Venezuelan National Parks Service and is currently an advisor to the Environment and Land Use Committee of the Venezuelan Senate. He has authored 30 publications and reports on protected areas and wildlife conservation.