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Forestry, Carbon, and Renewable Energy Company.

Founder

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata V., Ph.D.

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata VGonzalo Castro de la Mata V, Chairman of the company until 2013. Co-founder of Ecosystem Services LLC, is a recognized international figure in the environmental field with senior experience leading international organizations and scientific and environmental business.

Until 2008 he was the Managing Director for the Americas with SFM Ltd., where he was responsible for seminal investments that generated some of the earliest carbon offsets from plantations and REDD anywhere in the world. Before than he was the Head of Biodiversity at the GEF, the largest multilateral environmental fund globally where he was ultimately responsible for a portfolio of over 500 projects with a combined value of US $4 billion in 150 countries. Previously, he was the Principal Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, a key player in the establishment of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Found, the US$ 150 million initiative to protect the earth’s ecological hotspots, Director of WWF’s Latin Americas, Research Associate at Colorado State University, and an Assistant Professor of Biology at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.

Ph. D. in Ecology (University of Pennsylvania), Executive Management for Non-Profits (Harvard), Ms.C. in Biophysics (Cayetano Heredia University), B.SC. (Cayetano Heredia University).

Senior Team

Giancarlo Raschio, Program Director

Giancarlo RaschioGiancarlo Raschio has expertise on environmental impact assessment, carbon project cycle as well as corporate sustainability strategies. Giancarlo recently served as an advisor for the Peruvian Mission at the United Nations on climate change and sustainable development issues. He has practical experience on technical and social aspects or REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) initiatives at national and project level in South America and Africa.

As a researcher, he indentified and assessed potential obstacles and bottlenecks at community, governmental and private levels for REDD+ projects in Ghana and Peru. He also proposed policy recommendations to improve the development of the R-PPs (REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposals), and to enhance their implementation efficiency in both countries.

Giancarlo holds an M.SC. in Environmental Management from Yale University in USA, a second M.SC. in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina of Peru, and a B.Sc. in environmental Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru.

Christian Contreras, Senior Program Coordinator

Christian ContrerasChristian Contreras has professional experience in spatial analysis, digital image processing, Web mapping, field work, GIS activities and deforestation modeling for forestry projects. He has broad expertise as a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing Analyst for natural resources management, environmental and social assessments, land cover, landscape dynamics, urban planning, and demographics.

He has worked as a GIS consultant in the private sector with several environmental projects in different parts of Peru, concerning industries like conservation, mining, climate change, environmental impact assessments, wetlands, forestry, watersheds, and gas utilities. Christian has recently worked for DEVIDA, a Peruvian public agency that is concerned with the fight against drugs. There, he has been in charge of the supervision of the alternative crops monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon, a project funded with International Cooperation funds.

Christian Contreras holds a M. Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina of Peru, a M. Sc. in Social Policy from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos of Peru, and a B. Sc. in Geographical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal of Peru. He is also an Assistant Professor of Environmental Geomatics and Geography courses in the graduate program of Environmental Science at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina of Peru.

CONTACT

Ecosystem Services LLC

1250 24th Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20037 United States of America +1 202 776 7750

Jirón Carabaya 831 Oficina 601 Plaza San Martin Lima 1, Perú

Forests are the soul of nature, storing carbon dioxide, recycling water, and providing habitats for biodiversity.