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The Secretariat

Jorge H. Maldonado, PhD Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Universidad de los Andes
Jorge is currently the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and an associate professor at the Department of Economics in Universidad de los Andes and currently is deputy director of LACEEP. His main interests are related with resource economics, especially fisheries, forestry and biodiversity, including topics related with common pool resources and strategies for sustainable management of resources involving local communities. He has also been involved in research related with microfinance, development economics and agricultural economics. He received his PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from Ohio State University. His research has been published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environment and Development Economics, World Development, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Ecological Economics, among others. Jorge has been a consultant for Conservation International (CI), United Nations Development Programme (PNUD), Marine And Coastal Research Institute “José Benito Vives de Andreis” (INVEMAR), Inter American Development Bank (IADB), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), and BIOTRADE.
Francisco Alpizar, Ph.D., CATIE 
Francisco Alpizar is a research fellow and the coordinator of Environment for Development (EfD) for Central America, as well as the program deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (www.laceep.org) at CATIE. His fields of specialization include environmental policymaking and economic valuation of the environment. He has also worked on experimental economics applied to policy design. Recently, his work has focused on sustainable management and funding of protected areas, including both entrance fees and donations, as well as the interaction of communities and economies that interact with a given conservation effort. He has also been involved in the design of Coasian schemes to include negative and positive externalities of watershed management for the provision of ecosystem services. Alpizar has been a consultant to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), among others. He has been invited as a lecturer to universities in Sweden, the United States, Costa Rica and Colombia.
Juan Robalino, Ph.D., CATIE
Juan Robalino is a research fellow for EfD-CA. His fields of specialization are environmental economics, applied microeconomics and development economics. His current research deals with spatial econometrics and policy evaluation. More specifically, he looks at the causal and spatial effects of endogenous development and environmental policies in Brazil and Costa Rica. Robalino has been a consultant for the World Bank. World Trade Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in May 2005 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute. His dissertation, entitled "Essays on Environmental Economics and Development Economics," deals with deforestation, income distribution and land policies. His research has been published in Environment and Development Economics, BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Regional Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology.