32 years in sustainable economic development and public governance. Expert advisor on Brazilian Amazon issues including biodiversity, climate change, traditional populations, and natural resource management. Legislative Advisor on social-environmental issues for the Sustainability Network Party in the Federal Senate of Brazil.
Carlos has decades of experience addressing issues of conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon. He served as State Secretary for Forest & Traditional Populations in the State of Acre, Director of the National Forestry Program at the Minister of Environment of Brazil, Technical Adviser for former-Environmental Minister Marina Silva and, currently, serves as a Legislative Advisor on social-environmental issues for the Leadership of Political Party Sustainability Network at the Federal Senate.
A forest engineer, Carlos has spent his career working closely with social environmental movements, including the National Council of Rubber Workers, the Amazon Workers Center, rural workers unions and environmental non- profits.
He was one of the co-authors of the Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation at the Brazilian Amazon (PPCDAM), that reduced deforestation rates by 83%, avoiding the emission of 4 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere; and also lead the creation of Amazon’s first program of Payment for Environmental Services.
During his time as State Secretary, Carlos also supported the foundation of the Central Cooperative of Non-Timber Products Commercialization of the State of Acre, the largest producer of processed Brazil nuts in the country.
As recognition for his efforts to advance conservation in the Amazon, Carlos received an Appreciation Award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2001. Carlos has a degree in forest engineering from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRRJ and an MBA in Natural Resources Management from the Costa Rican Institute of Business Administration – INCAE.