Course contents will be facilitated by a team of specialists from AquaNature. A course coordinator and technical support team will be present for the entire course.

Paola Zavala, AquaNature

Water Funds Specialist and Environmental Manager with more than 28 years of experience with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and as an independent consultant in the administration and execution of programs of integrated water resources management, climate change, biodiversity conservation, risk management and disaster response. She has provided technical support as a specialist in water funds for Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia, and Panama in the provision of technical assistance and tools to local users in the development of green infrastructure mechanisms for water protection. She has developed methodological processes and tools to invest in water services. Paola has a Bachelor's Degree in Management for Sustainable Local Development from the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito, Ecuador, a Master's Degree (MSc.) in Environmental Management and Audits with Specialization in Natural Areas from the University of León, Spain, and an MBA in Environmental Business from the Green Fund in Valladolid, Spain.

Lorena Coronel, AquaNature

Geographer specialized in management and biodiversity conservation with experience in conservation mechanisms, especially in water funds and methodologies for monitoring and evaluation. Has facilitated and trained in the application of evaluation and monitoring as a basic tool to apply an adaptive and accountability approach for Water Funds. Has also trained in the tools for the implementation of Water Funds as financial mechanisms for the protection of water sources and as an investment in green infrastructure by Potable Water operators. Lorena holds a master’s degree in Management and Conservation of tropical Forests from CATIE, Costa Rica.  

Pablo Lloret, FFLA - CapNet

Civil Engineer with more than thirty years of experience in the conception, design and implementation of conservation programs, focused on the protection of the environment and especially the protection of water. Leader in formal and field training on climate change issues at the Andean regional level. Creator of the institutional and programmatic system to put into operation the Quito Water Protection Fund (FONAG). He managed to position the concept of "Water Fund" at national and international level as an effective financial mechanism for the protection of the environment and water. He has provided technical assistance to several similar initiatives in Latin America; for the creation and operation of Water Funds. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Azuay, University of Cuenca and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Pablo holds a Master's degree in University Teaching from the Universidad del Azuay, Ecuador and a Master of Science with a specialization in environmental management from the Public University of Navarra – Spain.