Carlos Durigan
Country Director
Carlos Durigan has an academic background in Geography and a wide experience in Environmental Conservation of the Amazon, where he lives and works for more than 20 years. Since finishing his master´s degree in Ecology at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), he has been engaged in a variety of activities related to biodiversity conservation. These activities have included creation and implementation of protected areas; multidisciplinary, field-based research on biodiversity and socioeconomic diversity; and participation in biological, socioeconomic and ethno-environmental surveys to support projects and actions in conservation units and indigenous lands. He has also participated in a variety of forums and NGOs networks, that have contributed to the formation of socio-environmental public policies for the Amazon region.
Karl Didier
Project Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Karl Didier has completed his master (1998) and doctoral (2003) degrees in the US in forest ecology, wildlife ecology, and spatial ecology. He began working for WCS in 2003, at the headquarters in New York, as a landscape ecologist. For many years, he supported WCS projects from all around the world, including projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, in spatial planning, GIS, spatial analyses, strategic planning, and monitoring. He began working as the Interim Coordinator of the Brazil Program in April of 2012. Currently, he coordinates WCS project principally in the Brazilian Amazon, but also helps in the planning of projects in the Pantanal. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and the Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He teaches various courses in planning and monitoring of conservation projects for graduate students, WCS staff, and conservation professionals.