Pao Fernández Garrido studied Forestry Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and did her Master’s in Ecosystems Restoration. She had the great opportunity to do her practices on fishway evaluations with PIT and Radio telemetry studies in Massachusetts. She specilized in fishway design and also had the privilege to collaborate in Princeton Hydro LLC (NJ, USA) working on dam removal projects and fishway designs. She has the honor to work in the World Fish Migration Foundation since its very beginning and participates in different projects.
Pao is the event coordinator of World Fish Migration Day and is responsible for the event managment. Here are some of Pao's thoughts on why WFMD is important and what she would like to achieve:
Each single person on Earth uses fresh water in a way or the other, but very few know the impacts we are causing by using the rivers. I believe that people should know the benefits we get from rivers and know what are the consequences. Considering this, through WFMD I would like to reach every single person on the planet and have the opportunity to explain to them what the situation of migratory species and rivers is. Overall I want to show them there are real solutions we can demand to politicians without giving up progress.