Ana Lucía Maya Aguirre
Is the Regional Director for Latin America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE). Ana Lucia Maya Aguirre co-founded the Environment and Society Association of Colombia, an NGO that focuses on environmental issues. She researched the impacts of extractive industries on the collective rights of indigenous peoples and afro-descendants; advised cases involving human rights violations and breaches of environmental regulations. In 2017, she created an interdisciplinary initiative for research and advocacy, working together with professors who are PhDs in Marine Science and PhDs in coastal engineering. As part of this initiative, they provided recommendations to the Colombian Congress to help improve regulations in the country regarding environmental issues. Currently, they are cooperating in the elaboration of a new project of coastal law to be submitted to the Congress.