Bruno Santiago Paladines Puertas graduated in Ecology and Natural Resources Management at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow. He holds an MSc. in Human Ecology from the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). He is currently working as coordinator of projects for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; he is responsible for fundraising and coordinator of the Dry Forest Mosaic; and, of the Scaling-up Program “Plataforma Amazónica”, of the Corporación Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (NCI), based in Loja – Ecuador. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Director of Fundación Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador. For more than 23 years he has worked with communities and autonomous and decentralized governments in southern Ecuador and in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in processes of territorial management together with provincial governments, peoples and nationalities. At present, his main interest is focused on the implementation of holistic approaches to conservation and development. He has participated in several national and international publications and events. He is a musician and composer and graduated from the Salvador Bustamante Celi National Conservatory of Music in the city of Loja.