Juan Mayr

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Juan Mayr Maldonado
Empfang der Botschafter von Kolumbien und Peru im Rathaus von Köln-7686.jpg
Juan Mayr Maldonado, 2013
Colombia Ambassador to Germany
Assumed office
19 October 2011
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Victoriana Mejía Marulanda
5th Colombian Minister of Environment
In office
7 August 1998 – 7 August 2002
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Eduardo Verano de la Rosa
Succeeded by Cecilia Rodríguez González-Rubio
Personal details
Born (1952-05-27) 27 May 1952 (age 65)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Spouse(s) Marcela Nieto Heguy

Juan Mayr Maldonado (born 27 May 1952)[1] is a Colombian photographer and environmentalist currently serving as Ambassador of Colombia to Germany. From 1993 to 1996, Mayr was elected Vice President of the World Conservation Union. In 1998 he became Minister of Environment of Colombia. He has also been president of the United Nations' conference on Biosafety.[2]

Goldman Prize[edit]

Mayr was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993,[3] for leading a struggle for protecting biodiversity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. He lived two years with the Kogi, and founded the Fundación Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in 1986. In 1994 the Colombian government returned 19,500 hectares of traditional lands to the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada.[3]


On 30 August 2011, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón appointed Mayr Ambassador of Colombia to Germany during a ceremony at the Palace of Nariño;[4] Mayr presented his credentials to President Christian Wulff on 19 October 2011 at the Bellevue Palace.[5]


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ Mark Coatney: "'Frankenfood' Gets Labels___ Sort Of" Time Magazine - January, 2000 (Retrieved on January 4, 2008)
  3. ^ a b Goldman Environmental Prize – South & Central America 1993: "Juan Mayr" Archived 2007-12-04 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on January 4, 2008)
  4. ^ "Se posesionó Juan Mayr como nuevo Embajador de Colombia en Alemania" [New Ambassador of Colombia to Germany, Juan Mayr Was Sworn In] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Press Office of the President (SIG). 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Akkreditierung ausländischer Botschafter" [Accreditation of Foreign Ambassadors] (in German). Berlin: Germany, Bundespräsidialamt. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 

Selected works[edit]