Director of the Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative
Beto serves as Director of the Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative at Forest Trends. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University focused on corporate social responsibility. He has over 30 years of experience working with indigenous and other local communities in the Amazon and elsewhere in Latin America to benefit from technical support and climate and conservation finance in recognition of their rights and forest stewardship. He helped develop several community-based sustainable forest value chain initiatives, co-led the Surui Carbon Project, the first indigenous REDD+ project, and contributed to setting social safeguards and benefit sharing mechanism for Acre’s SISA Jurisdictional Program, among other initiatives.