Gabriela Nava is Founder and Executive Director of Oceanus, A.C., a small local organization in Mexico. Her main activities as Executive Director include fundraising activities and writing proposals for her organization’s projects, writing technical reports and recommendations for protected areas, preparing the budget and developing the projects for coral restoration, among others.
Working the coral reefs, Gabriela’s main environmental issues has to do with climate change effects, local impacts of water quality and its effects on the reef system, and ecosystem services exploitation. One current project that Gabriela is working on is the Coral Restoration Program in a Regional Level, which aims at creating local teams to carry out the program activities in the long term. She would like to improve her leadership skills at the Beahrs ELP in order to overcome some of the challenges she faces in this project.
Prior to founding Oceanus, A.C., Gabriela worked as Head of Monitoring and Research Coordination at the National Park of Cozumel, where she was responsible of the design and development of the coral reef monitoring program. Here she also trained volunteers and service providers to participate in monitoring activities or to receive MPA guide training.