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Gabriel Quijandría
Environmental Consultant , Self-employed
Lima, Peru
Expert in environmental and natural resources management, with more than 20 years of experience in government, international finance institutions and non-profits.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
Professional Experience:
Expert on environmental and natural resources management, with 20 years of experience in several Latin American education and development promotion institutions. Expert in climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy and tools and environmental finance. Deep knowledge on project design, training activities for private and public sectors decision-makers and applied research for policy design. Wide experience in fund-raising activities with official bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies and private foundations. He was Deputy Minister for Strategic Development of Natural Resources at the Ministry of the Environment of Peru between 2011 and 2016; Co-chair of the Board of the Green Climate Fund in representation of the Developing Countries Constituency, from August 2014 to December 2015 and Peru Country Representative for The Nature Conservancy between 2007 and 2010. He has been long-term consultant for the Inter American Development Bank and the AVINA Foundation.
Master in Natural Resources Administration by INCAE Business School (Alajuela, Costa Rica 1995) and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology by Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay 1992).
Affiliations and Achievements:
Main Professional Achievements at Ministry of the Environment
1. Organization of UNFCCC's COP20 in Lima in December 2014: 11,000 delegates attending. In such context, I led an ad hoc team of 60 people, oversaw a US$ 98 million budget and conducted the interaction with indigenous people’s organizations at the national and global levels;
2. Co-chairing of the Board of the Green Climate Fund representing the Developing Countries Constituency;
3. Formulation, approval and submission to UNFCCC of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (iNDC) of Peru;
4. Preparation of the first BUR and third National Communication on Climate Change;
5. Signing of a letter of intent with Norway and Germany for a results-based-payment REDD+ program for up to US$ 300 million;
6. Commitment and implementation of a portfolio of international cooperation projects of around US$ 150 million for forest conservation, climate change and sustainable development;
7. Signing of conservation agreements with 50 indigenous communities, covering +500,000 hectares of tropical forests;
8. Update of the National Strategies of Biological Diversity, Climate Change, Combat to Desertification and Drought, Forests and Climate Change and the National GHG Inventory (2009);
9. Passing of the Law for Retribution of Ecosystem Services and its regulation, generating the legal and institutional framework for the promotion of payment for ecosystem services;
10. Approval of a National Policy for Territorial Planning and Management and of Policy Guidelines for Integrated Management of the Coastal-Marine Zone;
11. Approval of nine regional-level Ecological-Economic Zoning processes;
12. Implementation of the first large-scale project to give response to land degradation and desertification in the Apurimac region;
13. Inclusion of the Ministry of the Environment in the implementation of the multisector Disaster Risk Reduction Results-Based-Budget;
14. Conduction of the first indigenous consultation processes of environmental legal instruments under the framework of the Law for Previous Consultation and Consent;
15. Passing and implementation of the regulation and other legal tools under the Law that established a national moratorium on the field-release of GMOs for ten years;
16. Establishment of the Business and Biodiversity Initiative, to allow exchanges between public and private sector institutions on biodiversity mainstreaming;
17. Establishment of the National Institute for Research in Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems;
18. Approval, in joint work with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, of national guidelines for public financial investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services;
19. Approval, in coordination with the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, of the Val-Bio program for research on biodiversity valuation. Budget: +/- US$ 120 million;
20. Approval of child projects under GEF’s new programs for the Amazon Basin, Sustainable Cities and Fisheries.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish
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