The community and state administration team is growing.

We are thrilled to announce that Carla Cardinas has started this month as a program manager for the Forest Trads Communities and State Management Initiative.

Carla has more than 18 years of experience as a senior executive and policy maker in environmental protection and the protection of Indigenous rights, climate justice and socio-environmental protection. She has served as Deputy Minister of Environment for her native Ecuador. She has served as a leader at the Colorado Land Law Center, FONAG, Ecuador, and currently serves on the board of the Forest Management Council.

As a culturally trained lawyer, Carla provides in-depth experience advising international organizations and indigenous peoples on regional governance and natural resource rights. Having worked with a number of international agencies in eight LAC countries, she has extensive knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) politics, policies and perspectives. Carla currently has research and project documentation on land rights, REDD + and FLEGT, currently used by IADB, GIZ, the European Union, Kerr International, IUCN and CAF.

Carla brings beautiful presence and leadership skills to facilitate dialogue and understanding with private, government agencies, and civil society organizations. She is also an expert in International Cooperation, Fundraising, Forest Management, Forest Certification, Protected Areas and Project Management for International Agencies. She has extensive experience as a coordinator and leader of multicultural and multi-disciplinary groups in complex environments and alliances.

We are thrilled to have Carla join the Forest Trades and look forward to the continued growth of community and state governance initiatives.

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