María Maestro

Sustainability project consultant with more than 6 years of experience. She holds a degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Cadiz and a Master in Conservation and Management of the Natural Environment from the same University. In 2022, she obtained her PhD in Marine Management and Conservation from the University of Cadiz, achieving Cum Laude mention. Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of her training, she approaches conservation from a social point of view, focusing on coastal communities and their involvement in all the processes of management and conservation of their environment. As a result of her doctoral thesis, she has published several scientific articles in high impact journals and has participated in several scientific conferences.

Her work focuses on the management of protected natural areas and their relationship with human well-being. She has participated in projects in several countries (Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Spain and Portugal, among others), where she has had the opportunity to work with different social actors involved in the management of coastal-marine areas. In recent years, she has participated in national and international projects related to the management of marine protected areas, zoning of marine reserves, evaluation of ecosystem services and population perception analysis.

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