Camilo Ortega P. M.Sc.

Camilo Ortega P. M.Sc. is the Country Representative for the México program where he coordinates with government counterparts and partner organizations to define, develop and implement the country program. He participates actively in implementing the program and is responsible for coordinating and supervising its execution. Due to his technical background and experience, he leads the Sustainable Landscapes activities developed to support at federal and state levels in the country.

He has near 20 years’ experience in environmental management, forest conservation, and climate change fields, 8 of those working with GGGI. Previously, he worked both with public and private institutions such as the Colombian Ministry of Environment, Colombian National Natural Parks, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others.

Camilo has significant experience in the valuation of natural resources, sustainable biotrade, mechanisms to recognize environmental services, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, including REDD+ Mechanisms. In fact, he helped Colombia to mobilize & implement more than 400M USD under REDD+ payment for performance mechanisms.

He has a special interest in economic and environmental management fields that contribute to reducing environmental conflicts and improving people’s quality of life.

He speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese, holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and an Environmental Management Master from the Pontifical Xavierian University of Colombia, and has diverse publications related to Climate Change, Forests, and Environmental Services.