ARBIO is a Peruvian non-profit association founded in 2010 in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios.
We manage and protect 916 hectares of Amazon rainforest (2264 acres) in the watershed of the Las Piedras river, Madre de Dios. The organization is led by women and its purpose is to implement forest conservation actions involving civil society and the private sector.
We’re a group of professionals committed to the conservation of the Amazon.
We are a group of professionals committed to the conservation of the Amazon
Rocío Espinosa – Administrative Director
Engineer in Food Industries with a master’s degree in Business Administration MBA in ESAN. Has experience in administration and finances of environmental business. Coordinates the administrative management of Arbio’s operations from Lima.
Tatiana Espinosa – General Director
Forest Sciences Engineer with a Masters in management and conservation of tropical forests from CATIE (Costa Rica). Fifteen years of experience in management of Amazonian forests, as well as adaptation to climate change in Peru and Mesoamerica. Forest restoration Analog Forestry trainer, accredited by the International Analog Forestry Network.
Gianella Espinosa – Image Director
PUCP alumnus with studies in architecture and experience in educational and residential architectural design. Professional photographer and graduate from the Image Center in Lima. Keen interest in connecting art with the conservation of endangered ecosystems. Management of web and social media tools.
Emerito Ruiz – Forest Guardian
Originative from Loreto, northern jungle of Peru. Knowledgeable in the usage of rainforest plants and Amazonian medicine. Expert navigator of Amazonian rivers.
Ronald Taboada – Forest Guardian
Fifteen years of experience in the Amazon forest. Field work on timber products and ecotourism in the Ucayali region. Experience with amazonic native communities and knowledge about medicinal plants. He is currently studying the Forest and Environmental Engineering degree at UNAMAD, Madre de Dios. ARBIO logistics and park ranger assistant.
Bachelor degree in natural sciences from Cornell University, master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University with a specialization in the role of childhood on sustainable development. Founder and director of the Association for Childhood and its Environment (ANIA), and creator of the character Ania (Discovery Kids) and the methodology “Land of girls, boys, and youngsters” (TiNi), renowned by UNESCO as a good practice of Education for Sustainable Development.
Joaquin Leguia Orezzoli
Lawyer of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a master’s degree in comparative jurisprudence in the University of New York. Legal Advisor of the External Debt Comittee (1983-1986). Head of International Legal Advice of the Development Finance Corporation – COFIDE (1982-1986). He was a foreign associate of White & Case in New York and Associate Lawyer, Partner, Director and Counselor of the Luis Echecopar García Study until 2015. Expert in Project Finance, Acquisition, Corporative Finances and Warrant Structuration.
Ismael Noya De La Piedra
Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in the Major National University of San Marcos, Lima, and postgraduate studies in Business Managment from Piura University. Founder of Aurandina SAC company, which produces and markets the brand Wawasana, known for pioneering the introduction of medicinal herbs in the market of teas. President of ADEX’s Academic Centre Directory from (2007 – 2015) and Director and permanent member of the Executive Council of the exporting guild (2005-2015).
Alfredo Menacho Sanchez
Lic. Germán Chavez
Biologist with over 12 years of experience investigating the herpetofauna in Perú. Focused on description of new species of lizards of the Gymnophthalmidae family, from the Euspondylus and Potamites genres from the south and center of Peru, as well as frogs of the Craugastoridae family.
MSc. Sayaka Ota
Forestry Engineer with a master’s degree in Ecotourism. Guide and Instructor Interpreter certified by the National Association for Interpretation – NAI, United States of America. Has experience in Interpretation of nature, guides, panels and centers of interpretation and Environmental Education in Peru and Japan.
MSc. Fernando Angulo
Forestry Engineer with a master’s degree in Conservation of Natural Resources. Consultant on ornithology and bird tourism. Makes expeditions and travels to evaluate and observe birds all across the country. Main Researcher from CORBIDI and member of four groups of specialists of the IUCN.
Milo Bekins (Costa Rica)
President of the International Analog Forestry Network (RIFA) up to 2014. Has facilitated workshops in Dominican Republic, Peru, Philippines, Cuba, Spain, Cameroon, Canada and Australia. Director of the Capacitation Centre on Analog Forests – Quepos, Costa Rica. Web: http://www.analogforestry.org/
Ing. Miguel Angel Crespo (Bolivia)
Director of PROBIOMA, an organization oriented towards Agro ecology, Management of Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Politic Incidence. Miguel Angel is in charge of the reproduction of biologic controllers covering 400 000 hectares in more than 60 crops in Bolivia.
MSc. Daniel Valle
Biologist with experience on conservation of biology diversity and management of protected areas. Has worked on participative management with the locals. Teacher on the specialties of Conservation of Forestry Resources and Ecotourism.
From its creation, Arbio funds its activities via their system of rainforest sponsorship.