Federal University of Minas Gerais
About ...I am a Brazilian biologist with a PhD in Ecology by the University of São Paulo, Brazil and 32 years of professional experience related to sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. My main background covers the establishment of bridges between technical-scientific research and biodiversity conservation; and also public policies implementation and programs/projects management. My major areas of expertise are: conservation biology; landscape, vegetation and community ecology; biogeography, land use and land cover dynamics; use of ecological modelling, remote sensing and geographical information system tools; and grasslands, neotropical savanna and rainforest ecology.
Initially I worked as researcher at the EMBRAPA , Indiana University and as consultant. In 2003 I joined WWF-Brazil, where I implemented and coordinated the Landscape Ecology Lab until 2006. From then until 2012, I was the Conservation Director, acting extensively on the interface between public and private policies with research and development. The context was very diverse, covering international negotiations and also involving the Brazilian Federal and State governments. The Thematic Conservation Directorship, under my responsibility, grew from 2 programs and 14 staff to 6 programs and 39 team members.
From May 2013 to December 2017, I worked in Brazilian Ministry of Environment. First I was ahead of Biodiversity Conservation Department of Biodiversity and Forest Secretary. From July 2015, I was the director of Ecosystem Conservation Department in the new Biodiversity Secretary. In both positions the focus was the development of public policies and implementation related to national biodiversity sustainable use and conservation. In the first one, the scope was terrestrial species and ecosystem scale. In the second one, the scope embraces terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem with focus on systematic conservation planning of Brazilian biodiversity.
It included, inter alia, the following themes/public polices: endangered and invasive species management; promotion of sustainable biodiversity production chains; ecosystem restoration; priority areas for biodiversity conservation; terrestrial and marine biogeographical regions conservation; TEEB; CBD; Ramsar Convention and IPBES biodiversity focal point.
It deserves a highlight the coordination of: the first national policy for native vegetation recovery development; the update process of the priority areas for biodiversity conservation for Amazonia, Costal Zone & Sea, Atlantic Forest and Pampa bio geographical regions; the on-going development of National Conservation Strategy for Wetlands and Ramsar sites; the proposition of large Regional Ramsar sites in the Amazonia region. It included also the management of 5 international biodiversity conservation projects (related to GEF – Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes and Private Areas projects and GIZ/KFW – Local and Regional TEEB and Climate Change & Biodiversity in Atlantic Forest – total = US$ 63 million).