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José Joaquín Campos Arce


José Joaquín Campos Arce Chair of the Board
Chair of Executive Committee
Costa Rica

Dr. Campos currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of CIFOR and chair of the Board´s Executive Committee. From 2008 to 2016 he was the Director General of CATIE, an international organization that combines graduate education, research and outreach in agriculture and natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also served in various positions at CATIE, including Deputy Director General and Director of the departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Rural Development, and Forestry and the Latin American Chair on Forest Landscape Management, head of the Unit of Natural Forest Management, Project Leader of Silviculture of Natural Forests and National Coordinator of the Multipurpose Trees Project. He has worked with the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and international NGOs on integrated conservation and development projects. Dr. Campos was a faculty member of the Graduate School of CATIE and an adjunct professor at Laval University in Canada. He currently serves on the board of the Demain Foundation, the Independent Advisory Group of the Inter American Development Bank and the Editorial Board of the International Forestry Review. He has previously served on the board of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Korea Forest Research Institute, External Advisory Group (forestry) of the World Bank, Board of the International and Ibero-American Network of Model Forests and the IUCN Committee on Ecosystem Management. Dr. Campos has 36 years of professional experience and has published over 100 scientific and technical papers on territorial rural development, ecosystem approaches for forestry, natural resource management and agriculture, integrated watershed management, forestry and natural resource policies, monitoring and evaluation of sustainability and payment for ecosystem services. He has participated, organized and has been invited to speak at over 60 world congresses, international conferences and other fora. He has advised Central American governments on subjects of his areas of expertise. He holds a D. Phil. in forestry from the University of Oxford, UK (1990), a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from CATIE/University of Costa Rica (1986), and graduated in forest engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1980).

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