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Alice M. Bouman Alice M. Bouman-Dentener. Alice is a biologist who specialises in sustainable development, water governance and gender. She is currently the Honorary Founding President of the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), a worldwide alliance of local, national and international women’s organisations and networks working in the areas of water, sanitation and sustainable development.

““Water and sanitation have great potential to transform the lives of women and girls. Water is life and sanitation is dignity.”

Elena Cebrián. Not a member of any political party, but with a solid technical background, Elena Cebrián has been Autonomous Community Minister of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development in the Valencian Community since 2015. She graduated in agricultural engineering and held several positions, including that of Seconded National Expert in the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, before embarking on her career in Valencian politics.

“Consideration of the environment as a strong, crosscutting policy on which to build others is a cultural and social change we need to make in order to deal with a large part of the crisis."

Isabel Elizalde, The proficient management of the Navarrese Autonomous Community Minister of Rural Development, Environment and Local Government comes from the profound knowledge of the territory she has gained since starting her professional life as a local development officer. The posts she has held include that of Director of Cederna Garalur, promoting sustainable local development and transnational cooperation projects.

“A major effort must be made to uncouple the carbon economy, with a commitment to sustainable transport, a determination to give up fossil fuels and financial support and research to promote agroecological production."

Cristina Gallach Cristina has served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, and was spokesperson and communications adviser to Javier Solana during his time as Secretary General of NATO (1996-99) and EU foreign policy chief (1999-2009). In addition she has been Equal Opportunities Officer in the Council of Europe and was its Head of Public Relations before that. She also has extensive experience as a journalist, notably as a correspondent in conflict zones, the former Soviet Union and Brussels.

“We have to be responsible. We are the last generation that can curb disastrous consequences on the planet and the first generation that can see the eradication of hunger in the world.”

Miren Larrion Miren holds a PHD in Industrial and Environmental Engineering, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country (UPV). A waste management specialist, she serves as spokesperson for EH-Bildu Gasteiz and is a Member of the Basque Parliament for the EH Bildu Group.

“The current idea in Europe is entirely based on the circular economy: what we don’t separate and reuse we are throwing away: I get it, buy it, use it and dump it. An economy is proposed in which once a raw material has been extracted, it should enter the circuit and not leave it.”

Elena Lete. After 25 years working in local and regional government, Elena is currently Mayor of Bergara. A building engineer by profession, she has headed Area and Town Planning in the Basque Government and chaired its Town Planning Committee.

“The Basque Country cannot continue to endlessly colonise more and more ground, depleting the already small natural territory that we have. It is also necessary to have and recover urban and industrial space which has already been exhausted or become obsolete, often at superb locations, and re-devote it to the needs of what are going to be Smart Cities, applying forward-looking, technological, sustainable concepts."

Uxua López Uxua is a telecommunications engineer and has been working in the field of renewable energies for more than a decade. She was chosen to take part in the Homeward Bound project, an all-women expedition to Antarctica to work on subjects related to energy and aspects of climate change (mitigation, gender, communication, impact).

“74% of Spanish soil is in the process of desertification, rainfall levels have fallen by 15% in the water year, invasive species threaten our health and biodiversity… The solution could lie in including women with leadership potential in decision-making.”

Cristina Monge, Cristina is Director of Conversations in ECODES (Ecology and Development Foundation) and professor of sociology at the University of Zaragoza. With an outstanding academic and professional career, she is closely involved with social movements, particularly those related to citizens’ and participation movements, and the defence of the environment.

“But let us not forget that climate change affects the poorest the most, and women represent 70% of the population with the fewest resources. Chilling.”

Cristina Narbona , Cristina is currently Chairperson of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). She has an extensive professional and political career linked to environmentalism and the Ministry of the Environment, in which she was secretary, Secretary of State and Minister for over twelve years.

“For the EU, the energy transition to a low carbon economy is part of its greatest potential."

María Neira Known as "the world’s doctor", Maria is Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health. Her attention is currently focused on the battle for air quality.

"Ten years from now, we'll either feel proud of what we did to combat air pollution or have to keep a low profile, because something really must be done.”

Patricia Perales. Originally from the field of social work, the councillor attached to Pamplona City Council’s Department of Sustainable Local Economy has set promotion of the local economy from a sustainable perspective as one of the objectives in the area she heads.

“Issues like food sovereignty, feminism, the local solidarity-based economy, sustainability in the city or support of awareness raising and citizen solidarity are commitments that the council has acquired.”

Olga Risueño.. With a career that has led her from activism to local politics, Olga Risueño is currently the councillor in charge of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Local Agenda 21, and Contracted Services in Tudela City Council, duties she combines with her job in the agri-food sector.

“We are fully aware that any significant transformation involves pooling energy.”

Asun Ruiz. Holder of a professional degree in biology (Autonomous University of Madrid) and a general degree in business management, Asun started her professional career in the Department of Ecology at her university and is now executive director of the Spanish Ornithological Society, SEO/Birdlife.

“The big challenge is to ‘naturalise’ society; that would be a great driving force and means naturalising relations, consumption, the production model.”

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