Alba Gabriela Alencastro
Human Rights & Safeguards Specialist
Gabriela is a lawyer specializing in human rights and environmental governance, she holds a master’s degree in Land Management and Local Development from the Paris-Saclay University and a master’s degree in international human Rights Law from the University of Nantes. She completed her undergraduate studies in law and international relations at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in the field of human rights, nature conservation, human mobility, gender, and climate justice in projects with local populations in vulnerable situations and indigenous peoples, for government, civil society and the academy in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
She served as a litigator before the Inter-American Human Rights handling cases related to the environmental and social impacts of business activities and megaprojects in the region. In 2021, she led the creation of the Forest and Climate Change Observatory, which brings together indigenous peoples’ organizations and civil society to monitor government commitments in terms of public policies, funding, and legislation on forests in the Amazon (REDD +). Through her interdisciplinary profile, she has participated in training programs on the Green Climate Fund as a specialist in human rights and safeguards in AAE and has developed analyzes on social and environmental safeguards for international organizations’ projects in francophone Africa and Latin America.