• EDD participation year: 2015
  • Country: Paraguay

Carmen María Araceli Monges is a student of Forestry Engineering Career at the National University of Asunción. When Carmen was 15 years old, she started volunteering for WWF Paraguay, giving environmental talks in schools. Five years later, she received the organisation's most prestigious award, The International President WWF 2014, which recognises and encourages initiatives and achievements of those young people under 30 years old, who are committed to the conservation of nature in their respective countries.

Carmen has coordinated several projects and campaigns, including the “Think Eat and Save” campaign in Paraguay, a social project called Youth for Environment and a Leadership Development Program LEAD for AIESEC. She also volunteered in Mexico City for EduAction, giving workshops on topics such as leadership, social responsibility, sustainability, cultural diversity and more to high school children.

Currently she leads the programme ‘Leadership and Empowerment for the Women in Paraguay’, an initiative of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Asunción and the University of Florida. Carmen received the Municipal Youth Award 2014 with a special mention in the Area of Environmental Protection, as well as recognition from the Government of Paraguay for her dedication and merit. Carmen currently works for the Latin American Network for Democratic and Sustainable Fair Cities and she is the Executive Assistant to the Paraguayan Network for Sustainable Cities, in Paraguay.


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