OUR HISTORY

The Natural History Society Niparajá AC was founded in 1990 as a civil society organization, by a group of volunteers committed with the protection of the environment and an orderly development of society.

We chose the name of a regional pre-Hispanic deity for our organization: Niparajá the God of the Pericú, lord of heaven, of the sea and the earth, creator of the peninsula, its plants, animals and human beings.

Over the years we have established a network of contacts and alliances with different sectors of the population, maintaining a permanent collaboration dialogue.

We understand the need and are committed to join efforts to provoke the change of Status quo and between all redefine what does a quality of life mean, a prosperous community and a healthy environment. For this we propose alternative models of development seeking transparency and dialogue with the government. We believe it necessary and urgent to discuss and introduce successful economic models based on conservation.

A year to completing three decades of working for this region, we can say that we have learned that: the collaboration between sectors is indispensable for the achievement of our objectives; the generation of reliable, solid and truthful information provides the medullary support to transcend in time; but above all, the understanding of the delicate balance between man-nature, science-culture, tradition-conservation and economic welfare-sustainable development that permeates our decision making is essential to achieve our mission.

We conceive the conservation of the environment as the best tool to transform and improve the quality of life of sudcalifornians. We trust that through coordinated work from all sectors in society we can convert our natural capital in a source of collective prosperity.

Our roots lie deep within Baja California Sur, our work and commitment to the land and the sea that surrounds it are evidence of the strength of our organization.

“It is only through people and participatory processes of conservation, that we can face the speed and scale of changes in the environment.”

Paola Ruffo
Niparajá Board of Directors President

OUR NATURE

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OUR VALUES

Professionalism
Niparajá is a multidisciplinary team that implements high-impact projects based on solid scientific research, social action and legal activism.

Vanguard
Through clear and effective processes, we generate quality results and implement innovative solutions.

Inclusion
We encourage the participation of society by creating partnerships and collaborations that are transparent, fair and accessible.

Respect
We recognize and consider the values of the people and institutions we work with.

Autonomy
We act according to our decisions and do not serve special interests.

Congruence
We are consistent in our actions, inside and outside the organization.

Transparency
We are accountable for our actions and willing to share the results of our work with partners, donors and society.

OUR PEOPLE

In this almost 30 years we have evolved from a volunteer organization to a complex interdisciplinary team with more than 20 staff under the guidance of a board of directors.

The board ensures that our decisions meet the objectives of transparency and continuity in our work programs. The board works to identify opportunities that strengthen the organization.

Niparajá is led by a team with broad experience in conservation and community development.

Meet the Board of Directors and team Niparajá:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paola Ruffo
President.
Architect by profession
and graphic designer by
accident, Paola discovered
her passion for nature
through scubadiving.

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Susana Mahieux
Co-founder and chairwoman
from 1990 to 2009. Of
French origin, Susie is a
businesswoman with
expertise in floriculture
and conservation in BCS.

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Enrique Hambleton
Co-founder of Niparajá.
Enrique is an avid
explorer, writer,
photographer and pioneer
conservationist in the
region.

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Rodolfo Palacios
Rodolfo is a tour service
operator in Loreto and
sailing tour guide for
passion, who leads visitors
to discover the wonders of
Baja California.

Carlos Aramburo
Public Notary in BCS.
His formal admission to our
Board brings new perspective
on legal issues and new
alliances to fulfill our
mission.

CARLOS ARAMBURO

Alfredo Bermúdez
Alternative energy sources
enthusiast. Academic researcher
and nature photographer, seeks
to recover pure air in BCS.

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Paola Ruffo
Chairman.
Architect by profession and graphic designer by accident, Paola discovered her passion for nature through scuba diving.

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Susana Mahieux
Co-founder and chairwoman from 1990 to 2009.
Of French origin, Susie is a businesswoman with expertise in floriculture and conservation in BCS.

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Enrique Hambleton
Co-founder of Niparajá.
Enrique is an avid explorer, writer, photographer and pioneer conservationist in the region.

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Rodolfo Palacios
Rodolfo is a tour service operator in Loreto and sailing tour guide for passion, who leads visitors to discover the wonders of Baja California.

CARLOS ARAMBURO

Carlos Aramburo
Renowned Public Notary in BCS.
His formal admission to our Board brings new perspective on legal issues and new alliances to fulfill our mission.

ALFREDO

Alfredo Bermúdez
Alternative energy sources
enthusiast. Academic researcher
and nature photographer, seeks
to recover pure air in BCS.

STAFF

Francisco Olmos
Executive Director
Land Conservation Program
Coordinator. Native of
Chihuahua, Francisco adopted
Baja California Sur’s soul
culture that he doesn’t even
have a foreign accent.

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Miguel Palmeros
Marine Conservation Program
Coordinator. Miguel is the one
with the most time working for
the organization and is usually
the first one to get to
the office each morning.

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AMY

Amy Hudson Weaver
Sustainable Fisheries
Program Coordinator. Her
passion is the sea and
everything that has to do
with fishing.

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Alejandra Campos
Water and City
Program Coordinator.
Alejandra started her career
as a student of coral reefs in
the Caribbean. Now, she works to
conserve water in the desert and
loves her job.

Ma. Guadalupe Herrera
Administrator.
She controls the accounts
and everything else.

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Paulina Pérez
Communications Coordinator.
The cherry on top of every
cake at the organization.

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Ollin González
Fishing Management Coordinator.
With a Masters Degree in
Australia, she came back eager
to apply what the land down
under taught her.

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Sylviane Jaume
Effectiveness of Marine
Protected Areas Coordinator.
Sylviane is one of the
newest team members, and
brings extensive experience
in community environmental
education.

Juan Salvador Aceves
Sustainable Regional
Development Models and
Strenghtening of Civil
Organizations Projects Coordinator.
He comes and goes in waves.
Now with a family of 4!

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Salvador Rodríguez
Strengthening Fisheries
Organizations Coordinator.
He went to the US to learn and
returned to the Baja because,
among other reasons,
he “loves the food!”.

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Tere Sánchez
Natural Protected Areas, Private Land
and Integral Watershed Management
Project Coordinator. We’ve been
expecting her to join us for years,
she finally did.

HITA

Hita Tovar
Community Development
project manager. She arrived
with chocolate from Oaxaca!
and we all loved her
instantly. We foresee a great
success with the communities
also with this strategy.

Amor Fenech
Urban and Public Spaces
Projects Coordinator.
In love with Balandra and
proudly alumni of the first
generation of the Water
Management degree in the region.

AMOR

Judith Sanabria
Accounting Coordinator.
Greets everyone with
a smile.

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Adriana Nava
Water and Soil Demonstrative
Project Manager. Ideal for the
job since she loves to do field
work and recreational activities.

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Tomás Plomozo
Effectiveness and monitoring
project manager.
Marine biologist native from
La Paz, he is the first to
become friends with the
fishermen we work with.

Melisa Vázquez
Strengthening the South
Corridor project manager.
The newest in the office and
she is here to stay.

MELISA

Francisco Gómez
Eco Technologies and Rural
Development project manager.
Paco daydreams daily of
doing field work at the
sierras.

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TOÑO

Antonio Verdugo
Private Protected Area
Management project manager.
With lots of experience from
government perspective,
Toño arrives to revitalize
the Program.

GRILLO

José Marrón
Strengthening the North Corridor
project manager.
Cool Paceño dude, the best
dancer in the group.

Carlos Hernández
Natural Protected Areas
Management project manager.
Carlos arrives with a wide
smile and excellent reviews.

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Héctor Galindo
Community Development
Project Manager.
Traveler and diver with great
job in coastal communities, he
joins our team with a
turismologist “feeling”.

HECTOR
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Rodolfo López
Accounting Assistant.
Always on time and super
efficient has proven a worthy
add to the organization.

XOCHITL

Xochitl Ruíz
Reception.
Excelent add to the admin team,
she is a AAA element: Amiable,
adaptable and Amazingly
efficient

Yesmany Marrero
Communication Technician. Cuban
by birth, with great experience
in social and environmental
communications.

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Julio Trasviña
Material Resources Technician.
He is an always smiling or
trying to help kind of guy.

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Ana de la Toba
Cleaning Technician.
Indispensable, friendly, and
helpful…specially in winter
when she prepares
great-tasting hot chocolate
for the staff.



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Francisco Olmos
Executive Director.
Land Conservation Program Coordinator.
Native of Chihuahua, Francisco adopted Baja California Sur’s soul culture that he doesn’t even have a foreign accent.

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Miguel Palmeros
Marine Conservation Program Coordinator.
Miguel is the one with the most time working for the organization and is usually the first one to get to the office each morning.

AMY

Amy Hudson Weaver
Sustainable Fisheries Program Coordinator.
Her passion is the sea and everything that has to do with fishing.

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Alejandra Campos
Water and City Program Coordinator. Alejandra started her career as a student of coral reefs in the Caribbean. Now, she works to conserve water in the desert and loves her job.

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Ma. Guadalupe Herrera
Administrator. She controls the accounts and everything else.

PAU

Paulina Pérez
Communications Coordinator.
The cherry on top of every cake at the organization.

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Ollin González
Fishing Management Coordinator. With a Masters Degree in Australia, she came back eager to apply what the land down under taught her.

SYL 2017

Sylviane Jaume
Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas Coordinator. Sylviane is one of the newest team members, and brings extensive experience in community environmental education.

AMOR

Amor Fenech
Urban and Public Spaces Projects Coordinator. In love with Balandra and proudly alumni of the first generation of the Water Management degree in the region.

SVD

Salvador Rodríguez
Strengthening Fisheries Organizations Coordinator. He went to the US to learn and returned to the Baja because, among other reasons, he “loves the food!”.

TERE

Tere Sánchez
Natural Protected Areas, Private Landa and Integral Watershed Management Project Coordinator. We’ve been expecting her to join us for years, she finally did.

HITA

Hita Tovar
Community Development project manager. She arrived with chocolate from Oaxaca! and we all loved her instantly. We foresee a great success with the communities also with this strategy.

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Judith Sanabria
Accounting Coordinator. Greets everyone with a smile.

ADRI

Adriana Nava
Water and Soil Demonstrative Project Manager. Ideal for the job since she loves to do field work and recreational activities.

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Tomás Plomozo
Effectiveness and monitoring project manager. Marine biologist native from La Paz, he is the first to become friends with the fishermen we work with.

MELISA

Melisa Vázquez
Strengthening the South Corridor project manager. The newest in the office and she is here to stay.

PACO

Francisco Gómez
Eco Technologies and Rural Development project manager. Paco daydreams daily of doing field work at the sierras.

TOÑO

Antonio Verdugo
Private Protected Area Management project manager. With lots of experience from government perspective, Toño arrives to revitalize the Program.

GRILLO

José Marrón
Strengthening the North Corridor project manager. Cool Paceño dude, the best dancer in the group.

CARLOS

Carlos Hernández
Natural Protected Areas Management project manager. Carlos arrives with a wide smile and excellent reviews.

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Rodolfo López Trasviña
Accounting Assistant. Always on time and super efficient has proven a worthy add to the organization.

XOCHITL

Xochitl Ruíz
Reception. Excelent add to the admin team, she is a AAA element: Amiable, adaptable and Amazingly efficient

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Julio Trasviña
Material Resources Technician. He is an always smiling or trying to help kind of guy.

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Ana de la Toba
Cleaning Technician. Indispensable, friendly, and helpful…especially in winter when she prepares great-tasting hot chocolate for the staff.

OUR NETWORK

“If you want to walk fast walk alone, if you want to walk far, walk together!” African Proverb
Each of our programs involves collaboration with a wide network of allies, partners, and colleagues.

Organizations that we work with:

Agua Vale más que el Oro

Albergue Calafia

Alianza para la Sustentabilidad del Noroeste Costero

Amigos para la Conservación de Cabo Pulmo

Asociación Interamericana de Derecho Ambiental

Centro de Colaboración Cívica

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental

Centro para la Conservación de la Biodiversidad Marina

Comité de Gestión Local de Cabo Pulmo

Comité Técnico de Aguas Subterráneas La Paz-El Carrizal

Cómo vamos La Paz

Comunidad y Biodiversidad

Conciencia México

Defensa Ambiental del Noroeste

Eco-Alianza de Loreto

Ecology Project International México

Environmental Defense Fund

El Mangle

Fondo Acción Solidaria

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza

Frente Ciudadano en Defensa del Agua y la Vida

Greenpeace

Grupo Ciruelito

Grupo Ecologista Antares

Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias

National Outdoor Leadership School

Natural Resources Defense Council

Noroeste Sustentable

Observatorio Ciudadano del Agua y Saneamiento de La Paz

Planeta Península

Ponguinguiola

Programa Biomar – GIZ

Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo

Pronatura Noroeste

Proyecto Bio-regional de Educación Ambiental

Raíz de Fondo

RARE

Urbanería

WildCosast

Government institutions:

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios #230

Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos del Mar

Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Centro Regional de Investigación Pesquera – La Paz, Baja California Sur

Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de BCS #11

Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de BCS #3

Colegio St. John´s

Comisión Estatal del Agua de Baja California Sur

Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca

Comisión Nacional del Agua

Comisión Nacional Forestal

Duke University

Escuela Superior de Cultura Física

Federación de Cooperativas Pesqueras Zona Centro de Baja California Sur

Gobierno del Estado de Baja California Sur

H. Ayuntamiento de La Paz

H. Ayuntamiento de Loreto

Instituto Mar de Cortés

Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud

Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Social

Instituto Nacional de Pesca

Instituto Tecnológico de La Paz

Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultura

Instituto Sudcaliforniano de la Juventud

Preparatoria José María Morelos y Pavón

Preparatoria Mahatma Ghandi

Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente

Programa de Acercamiento de la Ciencia a la Educación del CIBNOR

Secundaria 10

Secundaria 13

Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación

Secretaría de Desarrollo Social – Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Social

Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur

Voluntarios Calafia de Protección Civil

Foundations:

Alianza WWF – Fundación Carlos Slim

Fundación Mexicana para la Educación Ambiental

Fundación Soriana

International Community Foundation

Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Joint Fund

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

The Walton Family Foundation

Resources Legacy Fund

Partners and community allies:

Comunidad de Agua Verde

Comunidad de Cabo Pulmo

Comunidad de El ciruelito

Comunidad de El Pardito

Comunidad de Ensenada de Cortés

Comunidad de La Cueva y Nopoló

Comunidad de La Ribera

Comunidad de Las Ánimas

Comunidad de Palma Sola

Comunidad de Punta Alta

Comunidad de Punta Coyote

Comunidad de San Evaristo

Comunidad de Tembabichi

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Pescadores del Esterito

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera, Acuícola y Turístico Islote Agua Verde

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera, Acuícola y Turístico Playas del Puertito

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera, Acuícola y Turístico Roca Solitaria

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Bahía de La Paz

Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Hermanos Calderón

Otros colaboradores:

Baja Expeditions / Friends of Wild Baja

Baja Challenge Bicis

BCSicletos

BCS Noticias

Bicicletas Lenin

Breeze Mart

Buffalo BBQ

Californios Verdes

Canal 8

Canal 10

Cinépolis

Ciudad de Los Niños

Costa Baja

Dairy Queen

Ellas en Bici

El Diario de La Paz

El Independiente

El Peninsular

El Peninsular Digital

Feyco

Fox Rent a Car

Fun Baja

Fymsa

Global Gas

Holismo

Hotel La Concha

Kayakeros La Paz

Kayakeros Pericú

Kayaks Punta Baja

La Jornada

La Zona Perfecta

Leche Caracol

Megacable

Megacanal La Paz

Moorings México

Octavo Día

Ola Tv

Ortomedix

Oxxo

Perla Negra Bar

Powerade

Pragma Colour

Promomedios California

Purificadora de Agua Balandra

Radio Fórmula

Restaurante Luna Bruja

Restaurante Samael

Restaurante Tío Bencho

Reforma

Rotarios Club

Runners

Subway

Tacos del Sur

Tribuna de Los Cabos

Unidad de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación