KM Reyes | Protecting Cleopatra’s Needle

Feb 25, 2021  09:00 - Feb 10, 2021 09:45

(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time

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KM is a community organizer and conservationist based on Palawan island in the Philippines. She is co-executive director and co-founder of the environmental nongovernment organization Centre for Sustainability PH (CS), established to organize efforts to create a sustainable future for Palawan by influencing decision-makers and shaping development on the island. CS spearheaded the declaration of Cleopatra’s Needle Critical Habitat, protecting 41,350 hectares of some of the Philippines’ last remaining primary forest in Puerto Princesa. Prior to CS, Reyes spent several years working on peace-building efforts in communities affected by narco-trafficking in Latin America and in housing projects and urban planning in North Africa. She found her true calling in environmental work, conducting agroforestry research in the Brazilian Amazon and as co-founder of the marine protection network Responsible Runners in Australia. Her work at CS is driven by the belief that by connecting communities with their immediate and surrounding environments, we can understand and find sustainable solutions to our planet’s greatest environmental challenges.

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