Fernando has more than 25 years of international experience promoting the use of nature-based solutions to address water security and climate-change challenges. He has been working for The Nature Conservancy since January 2004. His professional experience includes research and consultancy work for governments, multilateral agencies and NGOs in the fields of water security, climate change, economic incentives for conservation and rural sustainable development, especially focused on environmental services markets. He has contributed to several articles and publications on these topics and has been a frequent speaker at international conferences. He holds a PhD in rural development from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from São Paulo University. He also completed courses at Stanford University; York University; and University of California, Irvine. His main areas of interest are nature’s benefits, economic instruments for conservation, water security and rural development.