Carolina Figueroa Arango
Carolina Figueroa Arango is an Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellow at Ecologic Institute. Her main interests are biodiversity in cities, linkages between biodiversity and human wellbeing and the interface between science and policy in the field of climate change. She is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in English and French and has a basic knowledge of German.
At Ecologic Institute, Carolina focuses her research on the potentials and limitations of green and blue infrastructure as a strategy for supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation within the context of urbanization and urban expansion. In her research, she will use cities in Colombia and Europe as case studies. For this research, Carolina adapted a tool to understand people's perceptions of green and blue infrastructure in cities. Through an oriented dialogue between users and authorities, this tool enables the identification of key policy opportunities for managing green and blue infrastructure in cities. Her research will provide policy recommendations about opportunities for including green and blue infrastructure into urban planning considering its multiple benefits: resilience, human wellbeing and biodiversity, among others.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Carolina worked as an environmental consultant for different organizations: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Colombia, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and for the Colombian Government (Humboldt Institute). Prior to working as a consultant, Carolina coordinated a two-year international project on protected areas and climate change with WWF Colombia and Luc Hoffmann Institute. Carolina also worked for more than two years with USAID Colombia as a climate change advisor and project management specialist. She managed USAID's adaptation portfolio in Colombia, which included projects in ecosystem-based adaptation in the context of water basins and cities. She also managed the mitigation portfolio in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Moreover, Carolina worked as a climate change officer in National Parks of Colombia, where she led the design of the Climate Change Strategy for Protected Areas. At an early stage in her career, she did an internship with the United Nations Environment Programme in Brussels and with the Delegation for the European Union in Colombia, where she worked later as a proposal evaluator on climate change and environment.
Carolina Figueroa completed a Master of Science in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom) as a Chevening Scholar. In her Master's thesis she analyzed the potentials for a Biodiversity Offsets Scheme in Colombia. From 2003 to 2008, Carolina studied Political Science at the Javeriana University in Bogota (Colombia) focusing on international relations and environmental problems. Her Bachelor's thesis analyzed the contribution of the first wind park in Colombia to sustainable development.