Ernesto Enkerlin

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Ernesto Enkerlin
Born (1958-12-14) 14 December 1958 (age 61)
NationalityMexican
Alma materMonterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Texas A&M University[2]
AwardsSultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation (UNESCO, 2005)[3] Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Conservation (IUCN, 2009)[4]
Scientific career
FieldsConservation biology; Sustainability
InstitutionsMonterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, World Commission on Protected Areas-IUCN, Earth Institute (Columbia University)
Doctoral advisorJane M. Packard [5]

Ernesto Christian Enkerlin Hoeflich (born 14 December 1958 in Monterrey) is a prominent Mexican conservationist, environmentalist and researcher, specialized in parrots' ecology, environmental policy, sustainability and biodiversity stewardship; recently grape grower and winemaker.[1] His efforts at the National Commission on Protected areas of Mexico (CONANP), which he presided from 2001 to 2010, were distinguished with the 2005 Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation by UNESCO[3] and one of the 2009 Distinguished Service Awards by the Society for Conservation Biology.[6] The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) awarded Enkerlin one of the 2008 Packard Awards and the Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Conservation in 2009.[4]

Enkerlin holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Agronomy and Animal Science from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM, 1980) and a doctorate degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University at College Station (1995).[2] He has also worked as a research professor at the Center for Environmental Quality (ITESM) and as an adjunct research scientist for the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in the United States.[7]

As a conservationist, Dr Enkerlin has worked for several NGOs and co-founded Amigos de la Naturaleza[8] and Pronatura Noreste before joining the National Commission on Protected Areas by presidential appointment. During his tenure, Mexico increased its protected area coverage by almost 50% adding over 8 million hectares in different protected area categories and also became the country in the world with the most international protected area designations which it holds to this date (2015).[9] CONANP incorporated 26 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and received recognition for over 125 wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.[1] Additionally, Mexico incorporated Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (2005) and Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries (2009) as natural sites under the World Heritage Convention.[10] Enkerlin was also involved in negotiating and launching the first international agreement on wilderness signed by the governments of Canada, United States and Mexico in November, 2009, (Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation for Wilderness and Protected Areas Conservation) and in establishing the first wilderness area in Latin America.

Formerly, Dr Enkerlin was the Leader of the Legacy for Sustainability (ITESM); Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA-IUCN);[11] Scientific President for Pronatura, Mexico's largest conservation NGO;[12] and board member of the Global Institute for Sustainability (ITESM)[13] and Fundación Coca-Cola. He is a retired Professor of Ecology and Sustainability from Monterrey Tech dedicated to his family's sustainable vineyard and winery since 2016 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c José Luis Olin. "Conservacionista siempre" (in Spanish). Ciencia y Desarrollo (CONACYT). Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  2. ^ a b Ángeles Castellanos (2007-11-01). "El protector de la biósfera mexicana" (in Spanish). CNN Expansión. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  3. ^ a b UNESCO (2007-07-05). "Australian Marine Park Authority and Mexican Ecologist Receive 2005 Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Protection". Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  4. ^ a b "Ernesto Enkerlin Receives Prestigious Kenton Miller Award". Archived from the original on 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  5. ^ Biodiversity Stewardship Lab (Texas A&M University). "About us". Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  6. ^ Society for Conservation Biology (February 2009). "Distinguished Service Awards". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  7. ^ Earth Institute (Columbia University). "Directory of Faculty and Staff". Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  8. ^ Amigos de la Naturaleza, Tecnológico de Monterrey. "¿Quiénes somos?". Archived from the original on 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  9. ^ http://www.conanp.gob.mx
  10. ^ https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/mx
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ ASAMBLEA ANUAL 2011. PRONATURA MÉXICO A.C Archived 2011-11-05 at the Wayback Machine pro natura
  13. ^ Lanzamiento Instituto Global para la Sostenibilidad Archived 2012-01-02 at the Wayback Machine Cedan.org.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-01-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

See also[edit]

List of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education faculty