Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Luis Valladares Faúndez's work was prepared when Luis Valladares Faúndez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Luis Valladares is bridging the gap between environmental policymakers and scientists, and the Chilean populations most effected by conservation legislation. Luis created a new area of knowledge building—“biointegrología”—merging biology with relevant aspects of local developement, such as education, production, and social development, among others. His environmental centers seek to set a new standard of environmentalism that incorporates the needs and livelihoods of local inhabitants. Each center produces locally relevant strategies of natural resource management and educates Chilean citizens living in threatened areas to be advocates of environmental protection.
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