Invisible to Frontline


This episode's content was provided by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germany and Conservation International, which work to promote increased equality among men and women in conservation. For more information about women in conservation, the IUCN’s gender office champions a gender-responsive approach across its programme portfolio to enable better natural resource governance and conservation outcomes. You can have a look at their work on their website://

Host: Hesta Groenewald, Associate Consultant, PeaceNexus Foundation. Hesta has 20 years’ experience in conflict, peacebuilding and gender work. She has particular expertise on implementing conflict-sensitive approaches and on incorporating gender into conflict analysis and peacebuilding. She previously worked for the international peacebuilding NGO, Saferworld, in a variety of roles, including Conflict Adviser, Regional Head of Programmes and as global Head of Research and Programme Support. Currently, she is an independent consultant and Associate Consultant with the PeaceNexus Foundation, with a particular focus on conflict sensitivity, conservation and environment.

Guest: Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Founder and Executive Director of Tetebba Foundation in the Philippines. This foundation works for the respect, protection and fulfillment of indigenous peoples’ rights and operationalization of indigenous peoples’ self-determined sustainable development. Vicky is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. She was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples by the Human Rights Council in 2014, and served until April 2020.

Guest: Beth Sua Carvajal Martinez, Community and Social Development Officer, WWF Colombia. Beth Sua is an environmental engineer committed to search for the peaceful transformation of social and environmental conflicts in Colombia. In the last decade, Beth Sua has worked with small farmer families who live in and/or make use of protected areas highly affected by armed conflict. Currently, Beth Sua coordinates the Project “Protected Areas & Peace” that aims to strengthen peacebuilding and conservation efforts in six National Parks in Colombia.

In making this episode we really wanted to hear stories of peace and conservation from people around the world. But time zones and internet connections were, as always, a challenge. We hope therefore that you’ll forgive us if you sometimes hear us switch from one speaker recording to another.

The graphics for this podcast were provided by Camden Edmond and Skyler Beatty - Ancient River Design

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