Founder and Co-Director and Head of REDD+ and Urban Ecosystems
Diego Martino has a Ph.D. and an MA in Geography and Environmental Studies from Carleton University in Canada. His Post-Doctorate in University of Southern California was on nature and public space in urban areas. For the past 20 years Diego has been working on environmental policy, planning and research through the academic sector, non-governmental organizations, governments and international bodies in several countries in the Global North and South.
Through his diverse professional path he has maintained a strong passion for environmental issues, a strong rationality to keep the scientific strictness on projects and publications, and the ability to perform in situations as diverse as international negotiations or direct dialogue with community representatives.
His formal academic background on nature conservation, urban and land-use planning, and human-nature relationship has been combined with his professional involvement in projects related to conservation, climate change, environmental assessments, environmental policy advice, green economy, community participation, among others.
The integration of various disciplines and its particular perspectives, in addition to a variety of professional experiences, has enabled him to provide enriched options for decision making. Diego is convinced that taking environmental aspects into consideration in all aspects of the institutional, business, and personal life is not only an ethic imperative but also the only rational option in a world with physical boundaries and unsatisfied basic human needs.