What We Do
International Wildlife Conservation is the international program of the National Wildlife Federation. With over 35 years of experience, the International Wildlife Conservation program combines expertise in the fields of natural resource economics, remote sensing and GIS, international law, and tropical ecology to advance market-based solutions, public policy, and public-private collaborations to support win-win’s for agribusiness, people, and the planet.
We focus on the commodities that have the greatest impacts on forests and people, such as beef, leather, soy, palm oil, and cacao. Our work also focuses on advancing strong and comprehensive international agreements that protect the climate.
Who We Are
Vice President for National and International Conservation Programs
Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Laskin spent 16 years at the National Geographic Society in their Science and Exploration Programs. There she served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Science and Exploration. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2000, Laskin spent five years working on ocean, coastal, and fishery policy issues in the Clinton Administration.
Laskin has a master’s degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard.
Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies
Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice.
Barbara earned a J.D. from George Washington University, and a B.A. from George Mason University. Barbara has lived in Latin America for almost 5 years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.
NWF Lead in Brazil
Katiuscia F Moreira
Corporate Engagement Specialist
Paula Durruty is the Corporate Engagement Specialist for Paraguay, based out of Asunción. She is responsible for providing support for collaborative efforts with the private and public sector in Paraguay to support more responsible sourcing in the beef value chain. An agricultural engineer with specialized studies in project development and management and land policy for sustainable rural development, she has more than 12 years of experience working with the Paraguayan government in terms of coordination of the public and private sectors. She was also a key collaborator and negotiator in international agreements and treaties and supported the development of laws, decrees, and resolutions regarding sustainability for Paraguay.
Luana is the Senior Coordinator, International Communications and Outreach. She leads the communications strategy and engages with a range of international partners to provide communication support in their responsible sourcing journey, especially in the Brazilian Amazon and the Brazilian Cerrado. She also disseminates the progress and impact of our work via media and social media channels. Before joining National Wildlife Federation, Luana worked as a journalist at the Brazilian Congress, a photo editor for Conservation International, and a communication consultant for non-profits. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Management and a bachelor’s degree in Social Communications and Journalism.
Blanca Gonzalez Herrero
Blanca supports the project Amazonia Connect, which encourages more sustainable agricultural commodity supply chains in the Amazon rainforest. She serves as a liaison with our partners in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and coordinates the promotion and adoption of advanced deforestation monitoring and traceability systems. Blanca holds a B.S. in Zoology and has over five years of experience working as a wildlife biologist. Before joining NWF, she coordinated several scientific initiatives to promote conservation-based economies and integrate inclusive technology into conservation efforts.