René Castro Salazar

Title: Assistant Director-General

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Castro Salazar, a national of Costa Rica, holds a Doctorate in design with emphasis in Natural Resources, Policy and Environmental Economics, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both awarded by Harvard University. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He was a Professor in the fields of Natural Resources, Environmental Economics and Policy at the post-graduate INCAE Business School, Costa Rica. He also lectured at the Harvard Institute for International Development and was a Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Centre for Business and Government, Harvard University.

Mr Castro-Salazar has held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications between 1994 and 2014. In February 2016, Mr Castro-Salazar was appointed Assistant Director-General of the Forestry Department (FO). The Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department was created following decision by the 155th Session of the Council, which recognized the urgency and need to strengthen and raise the profile of FAO’s work on climate change.


Biodiversity, Agriculture and Food: FAO’s work for sustainable food production, ecosystem health and resilient livelihoods

Monday, 24 February 2020 | 13.00-14.30 hours | Sheikh Zayed Center  FAO Strategy to mainstreaming biodiversity across agricultural sectors  Good Afternoon Excellencies,  Distinguished delegates and guests,  Ms. Maria Helena...

FAO-Spain NonConventional Water Symposium for Achieving Food Security

Casa de Americas, 14 Nov. 2019, 9:30 am  Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,  It is an honor and a pleasure for me to be here and to share...


11 November 2019 / FAO, Rome  Thank you, Madame Chair.  Dear Delegates,  As you start your deliberations, I want to reiterate the importance of your work here this...

Round Table Discussion on the “Contribution of the Montreal Protocol to Food Loss Reduction through Sustainable Cold Chain Development”

  Round Table Discussion on the “Contribution of the Montreal Protocol to Food Loss Reduction through Sustainable Cold Chain Development” High-LevelSegment, 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal...

31st Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol

4-8 November 2019, FAO, Rome  Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen  It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to Rome and to FAO.  We are pleased to...

FAO at UNCCD COP14 – Africa’s Great Green Wall side event

It is my pleasure and privilege to take part in this important exchange on one of the most important transformative investments in the drylands, in...

UNCCD celebrations of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Ankara, Turkey - 17 June 2019  Land degradation and desertification (LDD) have alarming effects and impact on the food security and livelihoods of communities, often leading...

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

UNFCCC COP 24 Katowice, Poland  Friday, 7 December 2018 15:00 – 18:00  We must recognize our planetary boundaries: Climate change and the decline in biodiversity are accelerating. Climate change...

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