Conservationist Roberto Pedraza Ruiz has been awarded the Ecological Merit Medal of Honour by the Querétaro State Legislature for his work as a conservationist and nature photographer.
Roberto is Director of the Land Conservation Programme of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, World Land Trust’s (WLT) conservation partner in Mexico. Roberto is a regular contributor of blogs and photos to WLT’s website, and accounts of his adventures in the reserves of Sierra Gorda are always entertaining and informative.
“All of us at WLT send our warmest congratulations to Roberto,” said John Burton, WLT Chief Executive. “Both his commitment to conservation and his photography are outstanding, and this award is very well deserved.
With support from WLT and other donors, GESG has created a network of private nature reserves in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. These private reserves protect rare ecosystems and endemic and threatened flora and fauna.
Through his award-winning nature photography, Roberto has focused public attention on the importance of conserving threatened habitats and species. His photo website and blog are the first of their kind dedicated exclusively to the conservation and biodiversity of Sierra Gorda. His images have been featured in national and international publications and media, as well as in solo shows and group exhibitions.
On receiving the medal for his work and images, Roberto said: “This medal shows the Legislature greatly supports the work of GESG in protecting the region’s biodiversity, as well as supporting a conservation economy for local communities in Sierra Gorda. For me, that means much more than just recognition for my photographic work, and for that I’m truly honoured, and grateful that these images are helping in our mission to conserve the region.”
The award was presented on 24 November 2013.
WLT supports land purchase for conservation in Sierra Gorda and also the employment of a reserve ranger, Abel Reséndiz. Please support these activities by donating to Buy an Acre or to Keepers of the Wild.