Mr Ricardo Rozzi
Professor and Director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP)
Dr. Ricardo Rozzi is a Chilean ecologist and philosopher who is professor and Director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP), coordinated by the University of North Texas in the U.S. and by the University of Magallanes and the Millennium Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) in Chile. His research combines ecological sciences and ethics through the study of the interrelations between the ways of knowing and inhabiting the natural world. He has developed a biocultural ethics that demands incorporating this value of the co-inhabitants’ subjects into development policies as a matter of socio-environmental justice. A higher recognition of the value of biocultural diversity demands an environmental justice that includes poor and marginalized people: the oppressed human beings side-by-side with the oppressed other-than-human beings.
In addition to his theoretical work, Dr Rozzi has collaborated with the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Latin American Ecology Schoolyard Program, and has participated in the creation of the "Senda Darwin" Biological Station (Chiloé Island, Chile), the Latin American Network of Ethnobotanical Parks, and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (Puerto Williams, Chile), with the aim of incorporating environmental ethics into the practices of conservation and education in Latin America. He also led the creation of the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern end of the Americas, and co-founded the Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Network (LTSER-Chile). For his work he has received the National Prize for excellence in teaching of science by the Chilean National Science Foundation in 2004, the BBVA Foundation Prize for Research in Conservation Biology with the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in 2004, the Science and the Practice of Ecology and Society Award 2008 –journal Ecology and Society in 2008, the Sustainability Award by the House of Peace (Fundación Casa de la Paz, 2008), and the Raanan Weitz Projects' Competition Award in Israel in 2010.