Join us at the Global Biodiversity Festival this 21st of May


We are thrilled to announce that three of our experienced team members will be presenting at the Global Biodiversity Festival this year.

Through live presentations every 30 minutes, the festival will showcase the wonders of the natural world, delve into the challenges facing biodiversity, and share inspiring stories of conservation efforts.

With a diverse lineup of speakers from all over the world, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Join us for the fourth year of the Global Biodiversity Festival as we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity!


Learn more about our own line-up:

Kirah Forman-Castillo – National Coordinator, Belize

Sea turtle conservation in Belize.

Kirah Forman-Castillo’s presentation at the Global Biodiversity Festival will focus on her 15 years of involvement in sea turtle monitoring work in Belize. She will discuss the early days of nest monitoring and sea turtle stranding, how protocols have been standardized over time, and the development of sea turtle rehabilitation in Belize.

Kirah has been instrumental in standardizing nest monitoring protocols, conducting trainings, and reactivating the Belize sea turtle conservation network. Her work has helped to provide information for the development of management strategies that cross borders and ensure the conservation of sea turtle populations. As a passionate advocate for these charismatic creatures, Forman-Castillo believes that it is her duty to speak up on their behalf and carry out work that supports their recovery and conservation for future generations.


Mireia Peris – Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Basic steps to build a communications campaign.

Mireia has more than 8 years of experience in communications and marketing within the conservation sector and has worked and collaborated with different international charities in the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Spain and the UK, among others. In her upcoming presentation, she will be sharing the fundamentals of creating a communications campaign from start to finish. In today’s world, capturing people’s attention and creating content that resonates with your audience can be challenging. But fear not, because Mireia will guide you through every step of the process, from beginning to end!

She’ll cover the steps you need to know to create a focused, appealing, and impactful communications campaign that captures your audience’s attention. Whether you’re a experienced professional or just starting out in the field, Mireia’s insights and expertise will help you take your campaigns to the next level.


Ignacio De Saint Malo – Science Research Officer, Panama

Research of non-target pelagic predators and industrial fisheries in West Africa.

In his presentation at the Global Biodiversity Festival, Ignacio will share my research on non-target pelagic predators and industrial fisheries in West Africa. Specifically, Ignacio has been investigating the interactions between these two groups, with a focus on loggerhead sea turtles, and exploring the factors that structure these dynamics. Through this research, Ignacio aims to develop novel and robust management approaches that can ensure the long-term sustainability of both the predators and the fisheries.

West Africa is a region of immense ecological importance, yet there is relatively little research on the topic of non-target pelagic predators and industrial fisheries. Therefore, Ignacio is thrilled to have the opportunity to share my findings with the audience at the Global Biodiversity Festival. His hope is that his research will contribute to a better understanding of these complex dynamics and ultimately lead to more effective management strategies that can help protect these important marine species.



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