Astrid Milena Bernal Rubio is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, Master in Environmental Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and Specialist in human rights and critical legal studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) Latin American School of Public Policy- ELAP.
As part of the technical team of GFLAC (climate finance group for Latin America and the Caribbean), she supported the creation of the MRV system (monitoring, reporting and verification) for climate finance in Colombia. She has been a consultant for the WRI (World Resources Institute) and The Access Initiative (TAI) working as the National researcher for the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI), also has worked as a consultant for AVINA Foundation, The Bogotá´s drainage and sewerage company (EAAB) and has worked as a lawyer and researcher on issues associated with public participation, access to information, forests, carbon markets, rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities in Colombia.
Astrid was a volunteer for the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia and promotes the creation and growth of the climate justice division at the Environment and Society Association (AAS) of Colombia where she worked as area-coordinator for five years.
Currently, she works as campaign associate to the Global Forest Coalition’s Unsustainable Livestock Campaign. Astrid also supports the work of Pivot Point and the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance- CLARA group promoting contents in Spanish to ensure effective participation, access to information and understanding of National Determined Contributions for Spanish speakers in Latinamérica. She is part of the work team of the youth lead organization Fundación Barranquilla + 20 in Colombia working as Director in a joint research project with UNICEF- Colombia, in order to construct inclusive sanitation systems to reduce open defecation and faecal contamination in rural areas of the country with a focus on indigenous and Afro-descendant child and women inhabitants of the departments of La Guajira, Chocó and Nariño in Colombia.
Astrid is a member of the core team in the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), she is part of the global network of environmental lawyers (ELAW) and collaborates as a volunteer for The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition- CAIR.