Manuel Guariguata

Principal Scientist and Hub Leader, Latin American and the Caribbean

Manuel Guariguata is Theme Leader on Forest Management and Restoration at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).  Before joining CIFOR in 2006, he was Program Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where he facilitated intergovernmental dialogue on forest biodiversity and climate change. From 1994 to 2002, he was based at the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica, carrying out regional research on forest management for production and conservation as well as teaching in CATIE´s graduate school.  He received his doctorate in 1993 from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and his Master´s from University of Florida in 1989.  His research focuses on forest management for multiple goods and services of both natural and restored forests, largely from a biophysical perspective yet considering governance issues in order to influence forest policy and practice. He has published extensively about forest certification, forest-based ecosystem services, forestry and climate change, participatory monitoring, forest ecology and silviculture, and forest restoration. He is a member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations Enlarged Board, representing the Latin American region.  He currently leads CIFOR’s Latin American office in Lima, Peru.