|Marine Program Director, CI Brazil
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Guilherme Dutra is the director of the marine program at Conservation International (CI) Brazil, where he leads a series of initiatives to support the implementation and expansion of the Marine Protected Areas network in the Abrolhos region and other parts of Brazil. Since he started to work in Abrolhos, Dutra has coordinated efforts to increase the knowledge and recognition of the importance of its coral reefs, as well as to develop management solutions that can be replicated and influence marine conservation in the country. His work has contributed to the recognition of the national and international importance of Abrolhos, and to the creation of three other significant marine protected areas in the region – Corumbau, Canavieiras, and Cassurubá Marine Extractive Reserves – which are areas co-managed with local communities combining no-take and multiple use zones.
Dutra joined CI as a biologist in 1996, after graduating from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2000, he obtained a master’s degree in ecology in the University of Campinas, while coordinating CI’s Abrolhos Project. To date, he has managed nearly 25 marine conservation projects, worked with 16 local communities, and led three major communication campaigns for the protection of the region. In 2012 Guilherme was awarded by the Pew Fellows Program for Marine Conservation to support the expansion of the Abrolhos MPA Network and stimulate the discussion on Marine Spatial Planning in Brazil.