12 January 2010 - Dr Borja Heredia has entered
on duty as the new Scientific and Technical Officer at the
CMS Secretariat. He will also serve as the ASCOBANS Senior
Advisor. Borja is well known to many in CMS circles as he
has been Spain’s representative on the Scientific
Council, and has participated in several CMS COPs and MOU
meetings, as well as being involved in other MEAs such as
CBD and CITES.
Borja is a biologist with a PhD in Ecology from the University
of Madrid. Since 1986 he has worked at the Spanish Ministry
of Environment focussing on the conservation of threatened
species, planning research, drawing up strategies and organising
projects in the field. He has been involved in the conservation
of several CMS Appendix I species including the Spanish
Imperial Eagle, the White-headed Duck and the Mediterranean
Monk Seal. The recovery of the Iberian Lynx has also been
one of his main occupations in recent years. He also has
experience of conflict resolution among different interest
groups and has addressed many other factors affecting migratory
species such as electrocution and invasive alien species.
From 1992 to 1995 he worked for BirdLife International
in Cambridge, developing action plans for globally threatened
birds of prey in Europe.