The Natural History Society Niparajá CA was founded in 1990 as a Civil Society Organization by a group of Paceños (La Paz residents are called “Paceños”) committed to environmental protection and sustainable development of the region.
The name of our organization, Niparajá, is the name given by the Pericú (pre-Hispanic native Americans from the Baja peninsula) of their god Niparajá, lord of the sky, sea and earth, creator of the peninsula, plants, animals and humans.
Niparajá has established a broad network of contacts and partnerships with many sectors of the population. We strive to maintain ongoing dialogues and facilitate collaborative efforts.
We are committed to the need for joint effort to bring about positive change in quality of life, a thriving community and a healthy environment. To achieve these ends we propose alternative models of development, seek transparency in decision-making and dialogue with government agencies. At the core, we believe that it is necessary and urgent to develop successful economic models based on conservation.
After more than two decades, Niparajá has matured and developed deep roots in state and local communities. Our success demonstrates the strength of our work and commitment to protect our land and water.
“Our challenge is to view Nature not only as a valued resource but essential to our survival.”
Chairman, Niparajá Board of Directors
Niparajá is a multidisciplinary team that implements high-impact projects based on solid scientific research, social action and legal activism.
Through clear and effective processes, we generate quality results and implement innovative solutions.
We encourage the participation of society by creating partnerships and collaborations that are transparent, fair and accessible.
We recognize and consider the values of the people and institutions we work with.
We act according to our decisions and do not serve special interests.
We are consistent in our actions, inside and outside the organization.
We are accountable for our actions and willing to share the results of our work with partners, donors and society.
Since 1990 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
“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.