executive director of Global Conservation Fund (GCF) partner Guyra Paraguay
, won the 2013 National Geographic
Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation. The award recognizes
people whose outstanding work and lifetime contribution furthers the
understanding and practice of conservation in their countries.
Yanosky was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and awarded a
one-time grant of $25,000 to support his ongoing work in the field. “Alberto
Yanosky is a dedicated conservation advocate and has persisted in the face of
countless challenges,” said Michael McGreevey, senior grant manager with GCF. “It
has been a pleasure collaborating with him and the entire Guyra Paraguay team.
Their courage and determination is an inspiration to everyone who works with
has partnered with Guyra Paraguay, an environmental organization that works to
safeguard habitats and species across the country, since 2003. Under Yanosky’s
leadership, Guyra Paraguay has carried out more than 350 biodiversity
conservation and sustainable development activities in Paraguay, which
previously had the second-highest deforestation rate in the world, with
approximately 3,575,000 hectares of forest cover lost between 1990 and 2010.
Guyra Paraguay has acquired more than 24,000 hectares of land for
conservation, including 12 parcels of land for the privately owned and managed Guyra
Reta Reserve in the heart of the San
Rafael Conservation Area. GCF support enabled the purchase of two of the
parcels within the reserve, and supported long-term conservation and management
of the reserve. GCF, in close
partnership with the World Land Trust, also supported the development and
capitalization of the San
Rafael Fund for Biodiversity Conservation, a managed endowment fund
designed to cover the ongoing costs of Guyra Paraguay’s work protecting this
The National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation was established in 2005 through a generous endowment gift to the National Geographic Society from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private foundation focusing on humanitarian and conservation issues.
Photo: Alberto Yanosky. © Pearl Pirie