Alejandro Jiménez Hernández M.Sc.
Head of Adaptation
Alejandro has been working worldwide for international organizations from the environmental and humanitarian sectors, for over 20 years. Throughout his career, he has been engaged with networks of sustainable development practitioners, assisting civil society organizations, local governments and institutions, in the formulation of project proposals and the implementation of adaptation activities. As a skilled workshop facilitator, he enjoys “translating” complex technical concepts into simple every-day terms and designing capacity building and technical assistance programmes. Besides, he is also keen in working with stakeholders in the formulation of adaptation initiatives for coastal, urban, and rural environments, empowering civil society and promoting synergies for learning on adaptation. Though his work, Alejandro has accumulated a broad experience in assessing climate risk using a diversity of tools and developing Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) options to enhance climate resilience. Furthermore, he has recently published a couple of handbooks on EbA and a Guideline for integrating EbA into National Adaptation Plans along with UNEP. Originally a biologist focused on tropical ecology and natural history, Alejandro holds a master’s degree (MSc) in Geography from the University of Costa Rica, as well as a title as a Specialist in Environmental Impact Assessment from the University of Valladolid, Spain. Currently he’s an active member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystems Management (CEM) for Mesoamerica and works as an international consultant on EbA.