Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1996
    This description of Rosa Ruiz's work was prepared when Rosa Ruiz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
    Rosa María Ruiz enlarges the concept of a national park to accommodate human settlement. In her work to protect Bolivia's new Madidi National Park, she has convinced governments, national and international agencies and scientific organizations that the Tacana Indians, who live on the land now proclaimed as national park, should be seen as a key asset for the Park and must be allowed to remain on their traditional lands.
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