Meet the ACEER >> Maria Ines Rivadeneira
Maria Ines’s Social Links:
UNDP / Political Science Research Group at the University of Girona / International Analog Forestry Network IAFN
Maria Ines Rivadeneira
2021 Conservation Fellow
ACEER Member since: 2021
Professional Affiliation: UNDP / Political Science Research Group at the University of Girona / International Analog Forestry Network IAFN
"Respetar la sucesión natural, la salud de los ecosistemas y las poblaciones desde una ética política de los cuidados mediante modelos comunitarios de sostenibilidad, igualdad y vida digna."
Feminist researcher with 15 years of experience in the field of human rights. She has extensive experience in senior advisory, research, design, financing and monitoring public policy, policy making analysis and human rights protection focusing on gender equality, women’s rights and environment. At the National Secretary for Higher Education, Science and Technology, she coordinated the elaboration of the “Guide for mainstreaming gender and environment in higher education”, and the chapter of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Protection Intellectual Property Law Institute, with the support of five agencies of the UN System in Ecuador during the period 2012-2015. María Inés has held positions as national authority coordinating with different stakeholders and cooperation organizations. She is a Sociologist with a Master Degree in Political Science and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Law. At the moment, María Inés is the Gender and Climate Change Specialist at the UNDP in Ecuador. She is part of the Political Science Research Group at the University of Girona (Spain) where she is working on her Ph.D. thesis about indigenous autonomies, anti-colonial feminism and the rights of nature. Additionally, she works with the Research project “Atlas” (Indigenous people’s autonomies and situated realities), collaborates with the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) with the certification process for Forest Garden Products (FGP), and is a permanent member of the Ecuadorian Analog Forestry Network as part of the Biotiquines project and coordinates the Women on Conservation Network in Ecuador.