Throughout her professional and academic life, María Fernanda Espinosa has promoted initiatives for the protection of the natural and cultural diversity of nations. She has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Amazonian Studies and is a PhD candidate in Environmental Geography at Rutgers University in the United States. She has been Regional Director of South America and advisor on biodiversity and indigenous peoples policies for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She has also participated in the COP21 on Climate Change in Paris during her term as President of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.