Maria Teresa Ortiz

(Joint Award - See Conservation International)

Ms. Ortiz developed and arranged the historic first "debt for nature swap" with the Bolivian Government, which agreed in 1987 to conserve 3.7 million acres of tropical forest and grasslands in exchange for retirement of part of its foreign debt.

Conservation International, a Washington-based environmental organisation, for which Ms. Ortiz is the Bolivian programme director, negotiated the financing of the exchange and will assist Bolivia in management of the reserve.

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