OUR HISTORY

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.”

Paola Ruffo
Chairman, Niparajá Board of Directors

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

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

Paola Ruffo
Chairman.
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.

BERTHA

Bertha Montaño
Bertha is native of La
Ribera, municipality of Los
Cabos. She has extensive
experience in public
administration, education
and public participation.

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.

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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.

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ALFREDO

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.

BERTHA

Bertha Montaño
Bertha is native of La Ribera, municipality of Los Cabos. She has extensive experience in public administration, education and public participation.

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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

Meredith de la Garza
Executive Director.
With extensive experience
in conservation and community
participation, Meredith faces
the challenge of leading the
organization with
professionalism and an
engaging sense of humor.

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Francisco Olmos
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.

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.

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

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Raquel Segura
Community Territorial
Ordinances and Environmental
Technologies Coordinator. With
her efficiency and good vibes
she manages to put us all to
work happily.

Sarahí Gómez
Community Development and Coastal
Project Coordinator. She enjoys
working with communities and
sharing best practices that often
lead to breakthrough results.

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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.

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Ollin González
Fishing Management Coordinator.
Recently arrived from
Australia, came back eager to
apply what the land down under
taught her.

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!”.

Amor Fenech
Coordinator of Urban Water
Design and Public Spaces.
Loves Balandra Bay and proudly,
will soon be one of the first
graduates of the new degree in
water management by
the local university.

AMOR

Judith Sanabria
Accounting Coordinator.
Greets everyone with
a smile.

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RENEE

Diana Reneé Amao
Community Head of Regulations,
Environmental Technologies and
Models for Rural Development.
Baja California Sur´s
sociologist deeply rooted
in the land.

VIRI

Viridiana Real
Protected Areas Project Chief.
Viri came to stay.
From La Paz, she does her work
efficiently and always smiling.

Betsabé Luna
Project Chief in Cabo Pulmo.
Among her many accomplishments,
her college graduation thesis
won a major award given by the
government of BCS and
CONACYT in 2011.

BETSA

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

HITA
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Tomás Plomozo
Effectiveness Project and
Monitoring Manager.
Marine biologist native from
La Paz, he is the first to
become friends with the
fishermen we work with.

MELISA

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

José Marrón
Strengthening Project Manager
in the North Corridor.
Cool Paceño dude, the best
dancer in the group.

GRILLO

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

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Miroslava Barrera
Reception.
The last member of the team.
Her professionalism and
great cooking skills have
conquered us all.

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

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

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MERE1

Meredith de la Garza
Executive Director.
With extensive experience in conservation and community participation, Meredith faces the challenge of leading the organization with professionalism and an engaging sense of humor.

FO_medium

Francisco Olmos
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.

raquel

Raquel Segura
Community Territorial Ordinances and Environmental Technologies Coordinator. With her efficiency and good vibes she manages to put us all to work happily.

sarahi

Sarahí Gómez
Community Development and Coastal Project Coordinator. She enjoys working with communities and sharing best practices that often lead to breakthrough results.

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.

ollin

Ollin González
Fishing Management Coordinator. Recently arrived from Australia, came back eager to apply what the land down under taught her.

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!”.

AMOR

Amor Fenech
Coordinator of Urban Water Design and Public Spaces. Loves Balandra Bay and proudly, will soon be one of the first graduates of the new degree in water management by the local university.

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Judith Sanabria
Accounting Coordinator. Greets everyone with a smile.

RENEE

Renee Amao
Community Head of Regulations, Environmental Technologies and Models for Rural Development. Baja California Sur´s sociologist deeply rooted in the land.

VIRI

Viridiana Real
Protected Areas Project Chief. Viri came to stay. From La Paz, she does her work efficiently and always smiling.

BETSA

Betsabé Luna
Project Chief in Cabo Pulmo. Among her many accomplishments, her college graduation thesis won a major award given by the government of BCS and CONACYT in 2011.

HITA

Hita Tovar
Community Development Project Chief. 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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Tomás Plomozo
Effectiveness Project and Monitoring Manager. Marine biologist native from La Paz, he is the first to become friends with the fishermen we work with.

MELISA

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

GRILLO

José Marrón
Strengthening Project Manager in the North Corridor. Cool Paceño dude, the best dancer in the group.

rodolfo

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

MIROSWEB

Miroslava Barrera
Reception. The last member of the team. Her professionalism and great cooking skills have conquered us all.

julio

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

Resources Legacy Fund Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

The Walton Family Foundation

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