Areas of expertise: social policy, indigenous and traditional peoples, community-based management of natural resources, social and cultural aspects of nature conservation, traditional ecological knowledge, protected areas, environmental education, human rights, local governance.
Gonzalo Oviedo is IUCN's Senior Advisor for Social Policy. He provides advice to IUCN’s senior management, global programmes and regional offices on social aspects of nature conservation, in particular on indigenous peoples, community-based management of natural resources, socio-cultural and equity aspects of conservation and good natural resource governance at local, national and international levels.
An anthropologist by training, Gonzalo started his career working in educational projects with indigenous and rural communities of his home country Ecuador, under several initiatives supported by international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Organization of American States (OAS), which sought to implement innovative and integral approaches to community education. He then moved to the Galapagos Islands to work as the head of environmental education at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Working with organizations active in environment, development, and educational issues in Ecuador and Latin America, Gonzalo became increasingly interested in issues related to social and cultural aspects of nature conservation. He is the author of several books and technical reports on education and conservation.
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Language: English, Spanish, French