María Laura García de Souza
In 1994, María Laura García graduated as an Agricultural Engineer under the 1989 Plan at UDELAR in Montevideo, Uruguay. She worked as an independent technician in specialized consultancy for native forests and has been working for almost 30 years in forest management and conservation, both in the private sector and the public sector. She has also been contracted for large-scale projects, such as the National Forest Inventory (FAO), REDD+ (World Bank), the Río Negro Initiative, Consolidating Biodiversity and Land Conservation Policies as Pillars of Sustainable Development (GEF), Territorial Planning and Sustainable Development (DINOT-ICL). Currently, she works as a technician in the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Additionally, she participates in educating others about knowledge and conservation of native forests.
In addition to her academic training, Laura completed courses in computer science, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, and QGIS. She attended other specialized courses in ecology and forest conservation and received training in the Opportunities Assessment Methodology for Restoration (ROAM) and Geographic Information Systems applied to afforestation.
Laura García is passionate about her work in native forests and is committed to the protection and conservation of natural resources. From her undergraduate studies to subsequent lifelong learning courses, biodiversity conservation has been a central and fundamental theme in her academic formation, with an emphasis on protected areas.