Claudia Munera

eeClaudia is a conservation biologist with experience in biodiversity and conservation science, climate change adaptation, sustainable development and environmental policy. She has worked with a variety of institutions in Colombia and Central America from the local to institutional levels, an experience that allowed her to obtain a broad perspective to understand global trends, and the background behind private and public sector initiatives, science and policy.

As researcher and practitioner Claudia is interested in the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation initiatives, and how to work in solutions that help to achieve a real sustainable development. There are many challenges ahead to support local adaptation to the global changes we are facing, including initiatives that consider scientific information but also that understand and include local communities knowledge, their needs and the environmental and cultural realities.

As a Fellow with the Conservation Futures project, Claudia will look to support adaptive governance for protected areas management in Colombia. The research will help to identify adaptation pathways to understand the decision making processes and knowledge management at both individual and organizational level, including processes that facilitate strategic thinking and collective learning that help to understand and navigate global changes.


2013 Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development. University of Turin, Politecnico di Torino and ITCILO in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Italy.
2002 BSc, Biology. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia.


  • Múnera, C. 2014. Biocultural design as a framework to identify sustainability issues in Rio San Juan Biosphere Reserve and Fortress of the Immaculate Conception, Nicaragua. Report to UNESCO MaB Young Scientists Award.
  • Múnera, C. 2014. Biocultural Heritage: the foundation for a sustainable economy. The Daly News
  • Múnera, C., N. Ocampo-Peñuela, J. Castaño, D. Calderón-F., R. Schiele, & I. Macías. 2011. Travel Guide for birdwatching places in Colombia / Guía de Aviturismo de Colombia. ProExport. Colombia.
  • Baptiste M.P. & C. Múnera. 2010. Análisis de riesgo de vertebrados terrestres introducidos en Colombia (Risk analyses for introduced terrestrial vertebrates in Colombia). In: Baptiste M.P., et al. (eds). 2010. Análisis de riesgo y propuesta de categorización de especies introducidas para Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Bogotá, D. C., Colombia. 149-199 p.
  • Múnera, C. & Schiele, R. 2008. Birdwatching Guatemala/Observación de aves en Guatemala. Guatemala. Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT-, Organización de Estados Americanos – OEA (78pp).
  • Múnera, C., Cody, M. L., Schiele-Zavala, R., sigel, B. J., Woltmann, S. & Kjeldsen, J. P. 2007. New and noteworthy records of birds from southeastern Nicaragua. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 127(2):162-161.
  • Laverde, O., Múnera, C. y L.M. Renjifo. 2005. Preferencia de hábitat por Capito hypoleucus, ave colombiana endémica y amenazada (Habitat preference of Capito hypoleucus, an endemic and endangered Colombian bird) Ornitología Colombiana, No.3:62–73
  • Laverde, O., F. G. Stiles y C. Múnera. 2005. Nuevos registros e inventario de la avifauna de la Serranía de las Quinchas, un área importante para la conservación de las aves (AICA) en Colombia (New records and inventory of birds from Serrania de las Quinchas, an Important Bird Area in Colombia). Caldasia 27(2):247-265.
  • Roda, J., A. M. Franco, M. P. Baptiste, C. Múnera & M. Gómez-cely. 2003. Manual de identificación CITES de aves de Colombia (CITES identification guide on birds from Colombia). Serie manuales de identificación CITES de Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt y Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, Bogotá, Colombia. 352pp.

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