After five years at Tor Vergata University in Rome – Italy, where she majored in Marine Biology, Paola Richard became an expert in environmental communication and media relations, working as a journalist, information officer and campaign coordinator for national and international organizations, the Italian Ministry of Environment, NGOs and the Information and Communication Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP).
Paola also has been in charge in Italy of the Nature Conservation Section of CTS – Centro Turistico Studentesco e Giovanile as project coordinator for LIFE Nature projects, funded by the European Commission for the conservation of the logger-head marine turtle (Caretta caretta) and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). She’s now involved in the MADAction project, an initiative to study and protect the extraordinary Maromizaha rainforest, situated in east Madagascar, and for the sustenanceof the villages the forest surrounds.
Paola worked as editor and writer for Missione Natura on the Italian TV channel LA7, a prime-time weekly program devoted to nature and wildlife conservation. She’s been writer and editor of a set of 36 documentaries on animal behavior for the RAI Television program Geo e Geo.
Paola also write as a freelance journalist specializing in environment and wildlife conservation (featuring: National Geographic Italian website, Venerdì – La Repubblica, La Nuova Ecologia and Oasis) Her blog is http://ecoisticblog.org.
She also collaborates as project manager for the Italian Communication Agency Silverback- Greening the communication (www.silverback.it)
To learn more about Paola Richard’s projects, please see:
A recent article by Paola published in the Italian National Geographic magazine