Dr. Alicia De la Cruz-Novey
Profession / Affiliation
Social Senior Associate at ENVIRON
Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
Investment objectives that combine, social, environmental and financial goals in all stages of the process. These goals are focused on minimize negative impacts, maximize positive impacts and contribute to the sustainable development of our society.
Areas of Expertise
– Stakeholder Engagement
– Social Impact Assessment
– Due Diligence & Project Monitoring
– IFC Performance Standards
– Social Research Methods
Alicia, has over 18 years’ experience in the conservation field, with both the social and biological sciences. She has focused specifically in the implementation and evaluation of programs and projects related to stakeholder engagement/ community participation, community consultation, protected areas, public perceptions, monitoring of biodiversity and ecotourism. She has expertise in social due diligence, project monitoring for lenders and promoters, audit of the environmental and social management system, social research methods, survey design, and quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection. Alicia has worked in the field with indigenous groups, local communities and NGOs, and has been involved in projects in various sectors including oil and gas, tourism, agriculture and governmental sector. She is also experienced in analyzing the compliance of projects with Equator Principles and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability.
Prior to join ENVRION Alicia obtain a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Idaho, her dissertation sought to understand what factors make public participatory processes to create tourism plans for protected areas effective in the minds of those people who participate. Her findings suggest that citizens and agency representatives have different expectations of their involvement and the importance to understand and manage participants’ expectations of the process about how their input will be used and how they are going to be involved in the process since the beginning in order to win their support and commitment to be a part of the protected area’s protection and success. Alicia is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.
During the past two decades, there has been a shift in protected area management approaches from top-down management models to more diverse governance approaches that involve various forms and degrees of participation from local populations. These new participatory approaches seek to reaffirm cultural values, maintain cultural landscapes, recognise the relationship between people and nature, improve government-citizen relationships, create “partners” in conservation, and contribute to the alleviation of poverty by providing socio-economic benefits beyond protected area boundaries. The development of re-source management plans through public participation has been identified as an important step to accomplish these objectives. In 2007, research to test a hybrid model of public participation focused on understanding the factors that make public participation processes and the implementation of their results effective from the point of view of the participants rather than the managers. The study evaluated participatory processes used to develop tourism plans for two Peruvian national parks (Huascaran National Park and Yanachaga Chemillén National Park). The findings suggested that perceptions of “success” were influenced by different key factors depending on the identity of a participant. People who participated, but represented the government and nonprofits, viewed the process as “successful” if several specific criteria were met, whereas people who represented communities, businesses, and their own interests viewed the process as “successful” largely via other criteria. These differences suggest that future participatory processes should create strategies to address the factors that assist both kinds of participants to believe a process was successful and effective.
Environmental and Social professionals (government, NGOs, private and banking sector)
Hobbies & Social Engagement
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, cooking, enjoying her family and playing with her dog
Member: Society for International Development (SID); Fulbright Ex-grantees