Experts' profiles - Handy Acosta Cuellar
Handy Acosta Cuellar
Handy Acosta Cuellar has been a member of the TUNZA Youth Advisory Council since 2007 and is one of the representatives of the Latin America and Caribbean Region.

He is member of the National Board of ProNATURALEZA, the biggest environmental NGO in Cuba. Within this organization, he is the national coordinator of the Youth and Children Work Team and promotes youth participation in environmental activities all over the country. In this capacity, he has organized several national and international workshops and conferences. He has also participated in national and international negotiations, such as UNEP Regional Civil Society Consultation Meetings, and TUNZA Children and Youth Conferences. In addition, he has participated in the Global Youth Retreat and the Global Environmental Ministerial Forum, both held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Handy volunteers in the Marine Turtles Conservation Project supported by WWF, UICN, ProNATURALEZA and other organizations in the UNESCO Biosphere Reservoir, Guanahacabibes, in Cuba.

Handy holds a Degree in Education at Havana Pedagogic University and is specialist in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. He is member of the National Environmental Education Network. Currently, he is also the National Coordinator of the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network, in which capacity he joins environmental awareness with local, regional and international actions.

Handy is also a member of the National Coordination Team of the Youth Environmental Cuban Network, where he promotes UNEP strategies and projects. He supports and coordinates the Clean Up the World Campaign and Plant for the Planet in his community.

He likes diving, hiking and camping in natural landscapes and promotes among youth and children the importance of protecting the environment through fieldtrips and sports and leisure.
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