Fernando is the director of Conservation for Latin America at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He has over 25 years of international experience promoting nature-based solutions to address water security and climate change challenges. He joined TNC in January 2004.
His professional experience includes research and consultancy work for governments, multilateral agencies, and NGOs in water security, climate change, economic incentives for conservation, and sustainable rural development, especially focused on environmental services markets. He has contributed to several articles and publications on those topics and has been a frequent speaker at international conferences.
He holds a Ph.D. in rural development from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a bachelor’s in agronomy from Sao Paulo University. He also completed courses at Stanford University, York University, and the University of California, Irvine. His main areas of interest are nature’s benefits, economic instruments for conservation, water security, and rural development.