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International Riversymposium
International Riversymposium
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Carlos Manuel Rodríguez

CEO & Chairperson - Global Environment Facility (GEF)


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Carlos Manuel Rodriguez is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2020. Mr. Rodriguez was the former Environment and Energy Minister of Costa Rica. During his term, the country doubled the size of its forests, made its electricity sector 100 percent clean and renewable, and consolidated a National Park System that made Costa Rica a prime ecotourism destination. Mr. Rodriguez is a pioneer in the development of payment for ecosystem services, ocean conservation, and de-carbonization strategies, and is a world-renowned expert on environmental policies, multilateral negotiations, and financing for nature conservation. Mr. Rodriguez was also an expert negotiator and participated in all multilateral negotiations in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Convention on Biological (CBD). He also negotiated for the creation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Green Climate Fund. After being a Minister, he was the Vice President for Global Policy at Conservation International in a span for 12 years and worked with various tropical countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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