Lucila  Castro, PBI’s Argentina representative was selected as a finalist for the 2017 NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education) Award, for young researchers under 30 who are dedicated to protecting the environment.

This award showcases young conservationists in a leadership role who are using powerful educational tools to create change through consensus building and community engagement.

With great talent, Lucila has motivated and supported communities and high-level stakeholders around the shared vision of the Parque Nacional Famatina in Argentina. Both as a young professional conservation biologist and as a vibrant and skilled educator and facilitator of motivated teams, “Lula” has inspired people in Argentina from all walks of life, from rural residents to senior Cabinet members, to embrace the creation of this park.  She and her colleague Laura Steffolani have worked tirelessly to support new biodiversity conservation opportunities through research and dialogue.

In addition to being chosen as a finalist, Lula is also one of four candidates who were invited to speak at the NAAEE Annual Conference being held in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2017.

Congratulations Lula! This recognition is richly deserved!!