Diana Eusse-Gonzalez

MSP+ Program Officer

As Program Officer, I help ensure MSP+ program management and communication systems are in place, clear, and functioning. I also lead program outreach efforts, assisting as needed with project concept development, and grant partner stewardship.

I was born into a large family in a small town in Colombia , close to nature, the river and the trees. I studied biology and decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to supporting the conservation of nature along with people and their customs. I realized, in my first years of career, I want to be a conservation biologist and support decision-making.

Much of my experience was obtained working, since 2006, in the Asociacion Calidris, a local Colombian NGO. During this time, I have focused on understanding the geographic distribution of birds (migratory, threatened and aquatic) and some of their main threats, impacts and solutions. I also have experience supporting people to strengthen their capabilities and leadership. I obtained postgraduate studies in two subjects, which in addition to complementing nature conservation, I enjoy enormously: a master’s degree in GIS sciences and a minor Social Science.

Since 2012 I have been a leader of the Migratory Shorebird Project (MSP), supporting partners from South and Central America to join the flock. We have formed a successful and strong network focused on shorebirds, habitats, people and communities. I also support data analysis, the engagement of new partners interested in the project, and the dissemination of the results to diverse audiences.

Since 2022, I have been a Program Officer for the MSP+ Science to Action grants program , focusing on coordination and partner stewardship. I am supporting partners to develop their ideas and carry out impactful actions in their countries, which are driven by the diversity of nature, people and conservation challenges across MSPcountries in Latin America.

I have been part of several publications to support the conservation of birds and ecosystems, but also of many publications and outreach materials to understand how nature and birds help people secure their livelihoods for the future.