Julia Carabias Lillo

Environmentalist and former Secretary of the Environment of Mexico

Julia Carabias Lillo completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she later taught courses, developed programs and advised research in the areas of in botany, ecology, natural resource management, ecological restoration and conservation until 1994. The focus of Ms. Carabias’ research in ecology has been in the areas of environmental restoration, natural resource management, productive ecological systems, urban ecology, calculating the value of environmental heritage, and poverty and the environment. She has published numerous scientific articles, delivered frequent presentations, and co-authored several books on these themes.

Ms. Carabias is currently a member of several consultative councils and forms part of the academic councils of various. She was member of the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund until 2005, of Resources for the Future until 2004, and member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2001.

In 1994, Ms. Carabias was named as President of the National Ecology Institute, at that time a decentralized agency of the Social Development Ministry. Later that year, she joined the President of Mexico’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Fisheries. When the Ministry of the Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries was created the following year, Ms. Carabias served as titular until November 2000.

She has represented Mexico in many global multilateral forums on the environmental and development. Ms. Carabias is the president of a non governmental organization call Centro Interdisciplinario de Biodiversidad y Ambiente (CEIBA) and member of the Board of Natura y Ecosistemas Mexicanos A.C. In 2001 she received the international Getty Prize of the World Wildlife Fund; in 2004 “The International Cosmos Prize” and in 2005 “Champions of the Earth” given by UNEP.