Dr Rosimeiry Portela

Senior Director/Ecological Economist
Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Ecosystems Science and Economics
Conservation International

Role: CCI collaborative projects, Project team member

rportela@conservation.org

Background

I am a scientist whose research focuses primarily on nature‚Äôs provision of ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being. In addition of working on ecosystem services assessments, I support the development of research/decision-supporting tools designed to enhance understanding and measurement of spatially explicit flows of ecosystem services and their contribution to economies. 

I lead several projects that rely on the state-of-the-art biophysical and economics techniques to estimate the provision, benefit and value of ecosystem services at multiple scales, successfully working across several CI divisions, field offices and other research and implementation partners in terrestrial and marine biomes.

I am part of the advisory board of several international initiatives on the science of ecosystem services, and am regularly invited to present at international conferences and conventions, addressing the science and practice of biodiversity conservation, and showcasing groundbreaking approaches associated with environmental conservation for the continuous provision of ecosystem services. My extensive experience on natural resource management spans government, multilateral agencies, academia and civil society.

I recently led a novel research in Madagascar, with an in-depth assessment of the contribution of key ecosystem services from the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Forestry Corridor (CAZ), while addressing how natural capital accounting can be used to improve the integration of ecosystem services into policy development.