Claudia Munera Roldan

PhD Student

I am a Colombian biologist, with a Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development (University of Turin & Politecnico di Torino). As practitioner and researcher I have been actively involved in projects related with climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, protected areas, sustainable development, local communities, biocultural heritage and ecotourism in Latin America.  My research and professional interests have been around the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives on local communities, how to work in solutions that help to achieve a real sustainable development that is inclusive with local communities needs.

I have been independent consultant in projects with MIF, Government organizations and NGOs, and worked for several years as endangered species researcher with Colombian scientific institutions providing technical support to conservation initiatives. Having worked with a variety of institutions had given me a broad perspective to understand global trends and their applicability/or not at the local level, as well as to understand the constraints and benefits of the linkages between private and public sector initiatives, science and policy, and those related with international collaboration.

Between 2016-2018, I was a Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow at the Australian National University, working with the Future-Proofing Conservation, supporting adaptive governance for protected areas management in Colombia, and studying knowledge governance arrangements that facilitate strategic thinking and collective learning that help to understand and navigate global changes.

Currently I am a PhD Candidate, studying climate adaptation in relation with biodiversity conservation policies, with the aim to identify transitions to dynamic management of natural resources under climate change.

Academic Papers

Múnera, C. and L. van Kerkhoff (2019). Diversifying knowledge governance for climate adaptation in protected areas in Colombia. Environmental Science & Policy 94: 39-48.(

van Kerkhoff, L., Munera, C., Dudley, N. et al. Ambio (2018). Towards future-oriented conservation: Managing protected areas in an era of climate change.

Múnera-Roldán, C., Cody, M. L., Schiele-Zavala, R., Sigel, B. J., Woltmann, S. & Kjeldsen, J. P. 2007. New and noteworthy records of birds from southeastern Nicaragua. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 127(2):162-161.

Laverde, O., Múnera, C. y L.M. Renjifo. 2005. Preferencia de hábitat por Capito hypoleucus, ave colombiana endémica y amenazada (Habitat preference of Capito hypoleucus, an endemic and endangered Colombian bird) Ornitología Colombiana, No.3:62–73 (

Laverde, O., F. G. Stiles y C. Múnera. 2005. Nuevos registros e inventario de la avifauna de la Serranía de las Quinchas, un área importante para la conservación de las aves (AICA) en Colombia. Caldasia 27(2):247-265. (


Books/Book Chapters:

Múnera, C., N. Ocampo-Peñuela, J. Castaño, D. Calderón-F., R. Schiele, & I. Macías. 2011. Travel Guide for birdwatching places in Colombia / Guía de Aviturismo de Colombia. ProExport. Colombia. <>

Baptiste M.P. y C. Múnera. 2010. Análisis de riesgo de vertebrados terrestres introducidos en Colombia (Risk analyses for introduced terrestrial vertebrates in Colombia) . En: Baptiste M.P., Castaño N., Cárdenas D., Gutiérrez F. P., Gil D.L. y Lasso C.A. (eds). 2010. Análisis de riesgo y propuesta de categorización de especies introducidas para Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Bogotá, D. C., Colombia. 149-199 p.

Múnera, Claudia & Schiele, Robin. 2008. Birdwatching Guatemala/Observación de aves en Guatemala. Guatemala. Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT-, Organización de Estados Americanos – OEA (78pp).

Roda, J., A. M. Franco, M. P. Baptiste, C. Múnera y M. Gómez-cely. 2003. Manual de identificación CITES de aves de Colombia. Serie manuales de identificación CITES de Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt y Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, Bogotá, Colombia. 352pp.