40 years ago, Hugo was introduced to the region by his dear father, on his quest to find a place of a better quality of life for his family; since then and like many others, Hugo is now a "Loretano" by choice. He is cofounder of Eco-Alianza de Loreto, where he serves as President/CEO; and is a strong believer that the challenge of improving and maintaining the quality of life in Loreto requires an all inclusive framework approach of Ecological + Cultural + Social + Economic components. Hugo holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering & he is close to finish his Master Degree in Economics of the Environment & the Natural Resources at UABCS.
Ivette is a long time resident of Loreto, She has a degree in Marine Geology, and she is well known for her active dedication to the development of local alternative tourism; she is cofounder of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, a based out of Loreto company that offers one-of-a-kind expeditions, and unique cultural trips for the whole family.
Alex Estrada earned his degree in Alternative Tourism at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS). At Eco-Alianza he serves as a field and laboratory technician in monitoring water quality and is also field technician for the development of the Management Plan for the chocolata clam (Megapitaria squalida). He is interested in the promotion of economic and sustainable development in the Loreto Bay National Park, and thinks that collaboration among the users of this Protected Natural Area can be the key to responsible development of the various activities within it. In his free time, Alex enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, as well as the preparation of typical dishes from the region.
Brenda García has lived in Loreto for four years, and serves as technical assistant for Eco-Alianza's marine and coastal conservation programs. She graduated with a degree in fisheries science and biology from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. Brenda's expertise in geographical information systems (GIS) has shown her that this tool is of utmost importance for the elaboration of documents that generate important changes in decision-making in social, ecological and economic fields. She enjoys helping fishermen to organize their fishing cooperatives to work more efficiently because she believes organization is the key to the success of the cooperative fisheries and the stability of marine resources. Brenda is finishing a master's degree in environmental economics and natural resources at UABCS.
In 2010, Edna Ariana Peralta Rochin was chosen to coordinate Eco-Alianza's environmental education program. Since then, Edna has been working with children, young people, and teachers promoting the value of Loreto's natural treasures. Her philosophy: a healthy, well-educated and financially stable community in Loreto is a key factor in achieving sustainability in the long run in the region. That is why it is important to inspire the children in the classroom and in the field to become future conservation leaders and stewards of their environment. She holds a degree in Alternative Tourism and a Master's in Educational Technology.
Hector is convinced that life began in the primitive seas of Earth. He is an Oceanography Graduate from the Marine Sciences Program of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABCS), and has gained work and life experience in places such as Ensenada, Gulf of Saint Lawrence (Canada), Bahia de los Angeles, Laguna San Ignacio, and Loreto. He has special interest in global climate change, and oceanographic processes such as El Niño. Hector directs Eco-Alianza's Coastal and Marine Conservation Program. "The fishermen of Loreto have a great biological and ecological knowledge of marine life in the Loreto Bay National Park; they know the sea, winds, currents and tides," Héctor says. "With the complement of technical and scientific knowledge, there is a tremendous opportunity to develop processes to promote responsible fisheries and achieve sustainable fisheries."
Nidia Ramirez Arce fully shares the mission and vision of Eco-Alianza: she is convinced that the key for protecting and preserving our natural and cultural environment is by strengthening civil society. Everyday She puts that on practice, serving as Coordinator of Eco-Alianza's New Program --Eco-Ventures, a business incubator for the generation of alternative economic initiatives; the program is aimed at members of the coastal communities at the Bay of Loreto, who are willing to undertake old challenges with new and innovative approaches, akin to improve their quality of life and the environment that surrounds them. Nidia holds a B.S. in Alternative Tourism from UABCS; she just finished her masters degree in Environmental Economics of the Natural Resources at the same University.
As a volunteer contributor to Loreto.com, Mark brings more than 25 years of experience in wildlife conservation, environmental education, animal welfare, and habitat preservation. He's lived year-round in Loreto since 2013 and holds a B.A. in English and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.