Carlos Arévalo recently joined the Crees team as Programmes Manager. He brings with him a huge amount of knowledge of sustainable development and conservation, particularly within the Madre de Dios region in Manu, the Peruvian Amazon.
Today we’re exploring what brought him to Crees, and the challenges and opportunities he thinks faces Peru’s rainforests.
Before joining Crees, I was the Manager of Environmental Management in the Provincial Municipality of Tambopata, Madre de Dios. This role covered many aspects of environmental management, giving me a more holistic view on sustainable development and conservation.
I believe it is important to look at how we can increase living standards without endangering the natural world, and establishing a relationship between people and their environment is a crucial part of this.
Crees is an established organisation, with programmes that focus not only on conserving the environment through research, but also on how community work and education can help create long term sustainability.
Research is not an end in itself, but rather a means to strengthening and raising levels of knowledge. Research can also shape more effective community initiatives, particularly alongside education. I am convinced that research, education and community initiatives are stronger when they work towards the same goal, rather than independently.
Crees brings people together from across the world. I believe the organisation benefits from this international community’s diverse range of thoughts, experiences, cultures and strategies, and that this is revealed in the work it does.
To encourage higher education institutions to work and engage with Crees’ initiatives. I would like to create a Centre for Practical Studies where students can gain more experience researching and practicing within the natural world.
Crees is a multidisciplinary team with a sustainable and long-term vision focusing on today’s biggest environmental problems. I’d like to continue developing and growing these programmes in a way that allows them to maintain their autonomy and ground-up approach.
My work in the Madre De Dios region has given me many years’ experience and knowledge of this part of the planet. It’s a region of high biodiversity and cultural diversity with a huge amount to offer humanity – and we need to preserve it.
People can make small changes to their everyday lives, from using less plastic to using less electricity. These are already significant and established ways that anyone can help conserve the environment.
Love for the environment is not only something that is studied, it is something that is born and grows in the hearts of people. A passion for conservation is the most powerful thing you can have for a career in this sector.
The mystery, the richness of sounds and the way it makes me feel – it really can’t be compared to anywhere else in the world.
Seeing a jaguar in the Manu National Park: an animal so mysterious and imposing, particularly in its natural environment.