Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
Science Officer, Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), UNSDSN
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is a Brazilian biologist with a PhD in zoology from the University of Edinburgh (1981) working on biodiversity, forest protection, fire ecology, tropical ecology and conservation and on the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Braulio works at the Department of Ecology of the University of Brasilia and has worked for the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment from 1991 till 2011 initially as research director of the National Environment Agency (IBAMA), then as director for biodiversity conservation and finally as National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests, and from February 2012 till February 2017 was the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) based in Montreal, Canada. Braulio was a key negotiator for the establishment of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), the International Pollinators Initiative, the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for 2011-2020 with the 20 Aichi Targets.
Braulio is a board member of several Brazilian and international conservation organizations and has coordinated the establishment and implementation of several national conservation initiatives. Braulio received in 2018 the National Biodiversity Prize from the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment and since November 1st 2022 is the new Science Officer of the Science Panel for the Amazon of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).