Keynote speakers

René Boot, Director of Tropenbos International 12 March 2014 René Boot is Director of Tropenbos International, a Dutch foundation governed by an international board. René is Professor of Sustainable Tropical Forest Management at Utrecht University, where he teaches research policy linkages to Masters students and supervises PhD students in forest ecology and forest-dependent livelihoods. After graduating from Utrecht University in 1990, René worked for 15 years in research and capacity-building projects in Guyana and Bolivia. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Tropical Ecology and a member of the boards of the Tropical Forest Foundation and the Prins Berhard Centre for International Nature Conservation. [more]
Pioneer of indigenous women’s rights, Mirna Cunningham 12 March 2014 Mirna Cunningham is an Indigenous Miskita woman from the Waspa community in Nicaragua. Mirna worked as a school teacher in her community before studying medicine and becoming the first female Miskita doctor. She worked for several years in public health in Indigenous communities and later became the first female Miskita governor of the autonomous region’s regional government. Mirna has served on many national, regional and global bodies. She was Chair of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues in 2011–13. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women and serves as an advisor to three international Indigenous groups. [more]
Jorge Mario Rodríguez Zúniga, Director FONAFIFO 12 March 2014 For the past 15 years, Jorge Mario Rodríguez Zúñiga has been responsible for managing the forests component of Costa Rica’s pioneering Payments for Environmental Services Program (PPSA). Among other achievements, the PPSA has made payments to private landowners of more than US$300 million for the conservation and sustainable management of about 950 000 hectares of the country’s natural forests and plantations. Jorge Rodriguez has considerable experience in the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms, and the mobilization of resources for the PPSA, at the national and international levels. [more]
Stefano Pagiola, World Bank 11 March 2014 Stefano Pagiola is an economist in the World Bank’s Environment Department, where he leads the Bank’s work on payments for environmental services. Stefano has worked extensively on the economic valuation of environmental and natural resource problems, with particular emphasis on land degradation, environmental services and biodiversity conservation. Before joining the Bank, Stefano taught economics at Stanford University and was a research associate at Washington State University. His recent publications include a volume of case studies of market-based mechanisms for forest conservation called Selling Forest Environmental Services . [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014