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Renata works in the Lacandon Jungle in the south-east Mexican state of Chiapas.
Renata works in the Lacandon Jungle in the south-east Mexican state of Chiapas.

Renata is currently working in her dream job as a Regional Coordinator for The Lacandon Jungle in the south-east Mexican state of Chiapas.  She works at the General Direction of Corridors and Genetic Resources for the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO).

Responsible for the activities in more than 600,000 hectares of tropical rainforest surrounding one of the most diverse protected areas in Mexico, she coordinates natural resource management projects  and conservation projects along with five sustainable development agencies, in more than 100 rural and Indigenous communities.

UQ appealed to Renata because it is ranked as one of the best universities in the world for environmental sciences, and is located in beautiful Queensland.
The wide range of courses available in the Master of Environmental Management allowed Renata to explore protected area management and rural community development; however she says the most important skill she acquired was how to be a critical thinker.
Now, she gets to apply those skills to a rewarding job where every day is a new and exciting adventure.
“What I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity to find innovative solutions to avoid deforestation and degradation of ecosystems, while at the same time, facilitating the development of the communities that live in the area,” said Renata.
“My days can involve walking in the jungle, spotting wildlife, and working with people who are so culturally different to me.
I get to listen to their stories, share moments and ideas with them, but above all, learn from the people I work with. Every day my job is very rewarding.”

Last updated: Apr 26, 2016