Edwin J. Castellanos

Director, Sustainable Economic Observatory, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

About Edwin J. Castellanos

Twenty-four years of continuous work in research and education in Guatemala and Mesoamerica in the area of climate change and management of natural resources. He is the Coordinating Lead Author in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report in the chapter on vulnerability and adaptation for Central and South America. He also participated in COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 as the National Commissioner on Climate Change.

He is a member of the External Advisory Council for WWF Latin America; and member of the Alliance for Climatic Resilience in Rural Latin America.  He is the university representative before the National Council for Climate Change, the highest decision body on climate change issues for Guatemala.

He has been the Principal Investigator in multiple projects at the national and regional level on the topic of adaptation to climate change by rural and small farmer communities.  He has also led the studies to monitor deforestation and to study the causes for that problem in Guatemala, as part of the national REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) initiatives and other initiatives to develop carbon-offset projects.

He received the Guatemalan National Medal for Science and Technology in 2016 and he became a member of the Guatemalan Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is the author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications.

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