René Zamora Cristales is Guatemalan, Senior Manager Restoration Policy for the Global Restoration at the World Resources Institute (WRI). In this role he also coordinates Initiative 20×20 the Latin American platform in support to the UN Decade in Ecosystem restoration. He also coordinates the Restoration Policy Acceleration Program to encourage innovation in public economic incentives. Rene has a Doctoral degree (PhD.)
In Forest Engineering and Economics from Oregon State University, USA. In 2019 Rene received the recognition of “Outstanding Doctoral Research Award” from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO. René’s work is reflected in more than 30 publications in scientific journals on topics related to economics, public incentives, landscape monitoring and mathematical optimization methods for natural resources.