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Special Envoy’s Wonder Woman is Conservationist Amanda Acosta

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2023. 9:39 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Special Envoy for the development of families and children, Rossana Briceno features outstanding Belizean women making a difference in Belize every week.

Today’s feature is on conservationist, Amanda Acosta.

Amanda grew up in a family of 3 daughters.

“In retrospect, my parents gave me a great gift by not limiting me and not highlighting the setbacks of being female. I went into the sciences because I liked it, and I was determined to do something within the field of biology. Life teaches you along the way that not everything is as easy as it sounds, but following my field of passion was the best decision for me,” Acosta said.

Acosta commenced her professional career at the University of Belize (UB) as a lecturer in the Science Department.

“Teaching was a vocation I enjoyed, but I wanted to move from the theoretical into the practical. I got the chance to do this in 2008 when I got a job at the Belize Audubon Society (BAS),” Acosta added.

Acosta is the Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society and have served in this capacity since 2010.

The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) is the oldest environmental Non-Governmental Organization with a long history of environmental education and protected areas management.

“Our work in communities and science programs supports the effective management of the protected areas within our co-management. BAS’ work cross cuts into tourism and community development,” Acosta explained.

Acosta says that she is an advocate of building strong collaborations with partners.

Working together is the only way to achieve BAS’ tagline of “balancing people and the environment.”

“Conservation is long term work and thinking. We try to teach our fellow Belizeans about the value and importance of maintaining Belize’s natural assets. It is my hope that through collective love for country, we can imagine and work together towards a future that benefits people while retaining nature, for generations to come,” she reiterated.

Throughout the years, Acosta has been invited to serve on many committees and boards not only contributing locally as the NGO representative on PACT, on the Executive Council of the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO), but also globally.

Acosta currently serves on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) regional expert assessment group for green list for a regional project; a Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA); and a Global Council member of Birdlife International (BAS is the birdlife member in Belize).


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