Your NameAina Gasco Hoenisch
Cohort AssignmentEurope Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 1
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

I am currently a master student at the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde (Berlin) and I am looking forward to become a Sustainability Consultant for Carbon Compensation Projects and Project Development of Tiny Forests in Spain.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

I don't know if I understand the question correctly, but if you refer to the role I can play in this network and structure of our society, I see myself as a person who understands how we can invest in Nature using financial mechanisms and innovaties technologies or NbS in order to bring sustainability, security and health in our systems, landscapes and cities.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

Now I have 2 goals,
First, I want to find partners and financial means to develop Tiny Forest Projects in Spain, more specifically Barcelona.
Second, I want to find a place where I can learn about how carbon compensation projects are issued and financed, as well as how to issue high quality credits, meaning that they not only ensure climate benefits, but also biodiversity and social improvements.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

I would like to improve my self care and my communication to be assertive in how I express what I think/feel.

5. And for professional growth?

I would like to improve my speaking and communication skills in professional contexts, and I would like to learn management tools for team/group work as well as for individual work.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I have spend the last 10 years studing ecosystems and landscapes in order to understand the impact they have on planetary, community and personal levels. I have build a strong scientific background, but I have focused on practical solutions.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Ecology and classical science has been an important field of learning. When I jumped into working in a farm I realised how complex and alive the natural system is, and how dificult it is to work in teams and in a system where nature conservation is not a priority. The boss in the farm was an important figure for me because he showed to me how to use the current economic system to invest in nature, human security and health. After that, Stefan Scharfe, from the Miya Forest Germany has been an inspiration for the way he works with people.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I believe humans are an animal more on earth, so in a way I have a strong ecological way of reading the world. At the same time, I believe nature can be the solution and the problem for humans and our security, so I am not a romantic in that sense. Humans play a major role on earth cycles and I have a human-centered approach to life.

Date CreatedAugust 29, 2023