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CSF course graduate will guide Peru's parks

Carlos Soria was among the first 22 conservationists to receive his economics education from CSF, back at our first course in 1999. The Peruvian lawyer was named this month as the new General Secretary of Peru's entire collection of national protected areas. Carlos has distinguished himself over the years at the Instituto del Bien Común (IBC), in the national ombudsman's office (Defensoría del Pueblo) and other key positions. As head of SERNANP (the Spanish acronym for the park service) he will oversee 73 nationally protected areas covering around 15% of the country's territory. They span a wide diversity of habitats, from Amazon jungles to high Andes reserves and marine parks.

"At SERNANP we manage our protected areas aiming to position them as an opportunity for discussing local and regional sustainable development. The course benefits are still paying off today many years later, enabling me to grasp the importance of environmental services."

We wish Carlos every success!