Environmental and climate change law and policy, international environmental governance, forest governance, international environmental negotiations.Master in Environmental Economics.
María Eugenia has worked for more than fifteen years as a legal specialist in environmental and sustainable development, with a main focus in the Latin American region. She has worked as consultant on environmental legal frameworks and land tenure in countries such as Ecuador, Panama, Honduras, Uruguay and Suriname, and on forestry projects, their effects on indigenous and local communities, as well as their rights based on various international standards.
Her expertise is wide and varied. She has provided environmental legal support for intergovernmental organizations, such as the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, including the UN-REDD and REGATTA program; international cooperation programs, such as USAID; NGOs such as IIDMA think tanks (Spain) and FARN (Argentina); in the public sector (Ministry of Environment of Spain) and in the private sector. As part of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB-IISD), Eugenia reports on intergovernmental negotiations on climate change (UNFCC), forests (UNFF) and biodiversity (CBD). Her areas of expertise are: environmental law, climate change legal framework, forests and regulatory framework (REDD+, LULUCF, PSA), land tenure, human rights, Latin American environmental policies and access to environmental justice.
Eugenia holds a Diploma in Law (University of Buenos Aires and Complutense de Madrid) and a Master in Environmental Economics (MPhil). She is currently a PhD researcher in climate change and forest law at the University of Eastern Finland. In this role, she leads and teaches a master’s course on forest and international law and has several publications in internationally renowned journals