SIGRID VASCONEZ DAVDISSON
Grupo FARO, Quito- Ecuador
Specialization: Environmental Public Policy, Forestry Governance and Amazon conservation (Pan-amazonia)
Sigrid has over fifteen years experience in the environmental field, especially regarding biodiversity, protected areas and environmental policies. She currently serves as Director of the Department of Environment and Society at Group FARO (www.grupofaro.org). Sigrid is sociologist and environmental biologist with a Masters in Development Policy from the Institute of Social Studies, in The Netherlands. In her academic coursework and professional research, Sigrid has specialized in protected areas management, conservation finance and environmental leadership. She has presented work on these areas at various international forums and has several academic publications about conservation and development. Her career trajectory includes the technical coordination of various programs in both international and domestic environmental organizations. She has worked extensively as a consultant to various multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies and has also worked in the public sector in her country of origin, Ecuador, primarily with the Ministry of Environment. She has taught in the University FLACSO-Ecuador and at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito. Sigrid currently serves as Executive Secretary of the Amazon Regional Articulation – ARA, a network that brings together over 40 civil society organizations from six countries of the Amazon Basin (Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Brasil and Bolivia). She is also part of Avina Foundation´s social entrepreneurship network.
Currently at Grupo FARO, Sigrid leads a number of initiatives within the Environment and Society Area, grouped under two intervention Programs, with its main locus of action in Ecuador´s Amazon Basin: a) The Forest Governance Program and b) Socio-environmental monitoring and civil society engagement.
The Forest Governance Program aims to contribute to the transformation of forest governance in Ecuador by generating evidence allowing for equitable, transparent and informed participation between public and private stakeholders. The socio-environmental monitoring and civil society engagement program houses a number of projects aims to generate socio-environmental evidence at subnational levels by working with civil society organizations and citizens to observe, analyze, monitor environmental policies and their enforcement. Together, both of these Programs seek active involvement and capacity building of civil society groups for action and dialogue with local and national decision makers as a means to in improve and enable greater transparency and accountability in sustainable environmental management in Ecuador.