About José Palazzo – Summary & CV

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A Lifetime of Conservation Achievements

José Truda Palazzo Jr., environmental activist, writer and explorer, has dedicated himself to the environmental cause continuously for almost 40 years. In the 1970´s, when Brazil was still under a military dictatorship, he became one of Brazil’s leading voices against Japanese whaling in its waters, which ended in 1985 at a ceremony to which the President of Brazil, José Sarney, invited him in recognition for his work. In the meantime, he and a group of conservation volunteers rediscovered a breeding population of Southern Right Whales in Southern Brazil in 1982 and for 27 years he led a research and conservation project there which ensured the recovery of the species, securing its recognition as State Natural Heritage of Santa Catarina State in 1995 and the decreeing of a Federal Environmental Protection Area to protect their breeding grounds along a 130 Km area of coastline in 2000. José also served for some twenty years as official Brazilian representative at the International Whaling Commission on a volunteer basis, with no salary nor stipends, having acted as Alternate Commissioner, Acting Commissioner and Head of Scientific Delegation for Brazil. He also worked at other conventions such as CITES and Convention on Biological Diversity to promote marine species conservation. Furthermore, José helped organize the Buenos Aires Group at the IWC, thereby gathering the Latin American countries to strengthen pro-whale conservation initiatives; and he proposed and coordinated the supporting scientific document for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, proposed by Brazil to the Commission. The establishment of marine protected areas has been a highlight of his work in Brazil, and he led the campaigns for the successful establishment of the Lobos Island Wildlife Refuge in 1983; National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha in 1988 (the main diving destination in Brazil nowadays and where he worked with Jack McKenney´s team in 1986 to help produce The Bay of Dolphins, an award-winning documentary) now also a World Heritage Site, so declared by UNESCO in 2001 thanks to a supporting submission he helped draft for the Brazilian government), and the Environmental Protection Areas of Anhatomirim/Bay of Dolphins in 1982 (as well as the pre-mentioned Right Whale one in 2000). In the late 1990´s he helped directly in the implementation of one of the most important marine parks for recreation divers in Brazil, Laje de Santos Marine State Park in São Paulo State, both fundraising for vital activities and as a volunteer in research and enforcement missions. He also authored key legislative initiatives such as the federal regulations for whale watching (in force since 1996) and the Decree which declared all Brazilian jurisdictional waters a Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary in 2008, as well as the article inserted in the Rio Grande do Sul State Constitution of 1989 declaring all State Parks and Reserves as permanent State heritage, besides participating decisively in producing the first National Action Plan for Research and Conservation of Marine Mammals in Brazil in 1994. Currently he serves as member of the International Committee on Marine Mammals and Protected Areas and in the IUCN Marine Mammals and Protected Areas Task Force and Tourism and Protected Areas Specialists Group. In 2012, he was one of the few Brazilians officially accredited as Observer by the UN to the Rio+20 Conference to deal specifically with marine conservation issues. His experience has been shared with many around Latin America, and he has servedon directive boards or helped directly in activities of marine conservation NGOs in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and others, also acting as Chair of the Brazilian Marine, Coastal and Water Resources Network (REMA). He is also an elected Life Member of the Australian Conservation Foundation and continuously participates in international campaigning for conservation initiatives in Australia, especially related to the marine environment. In 2009 José was asked by the Pew Environment Group to devise a campaign in Brazil to promote shark conservation; he and a sympathetic dive operator from Rio de Janeiro then founded Divers for Sharks, now a 160,000+ strong international campaign working to halt the global decline of shark populations and restrict international trade in shark fins, highlighting the economic and social benefits of healthy shark populations for coastal communities around the developing world. Although funding from Pew stopped in 2011 he and his campaign partner, dive operator Paulo Guilherme Cavalcanti from Rio de Janeiro, continue to sustain the campaign till this day with the help of fellow divers from Brazil and elsewhere. Divers for Sharks participated actively in the effort to have international trade restrictions imposed by the CITES Convention in 2013 to protect several shark species, and José travelled that year to Bangkok to personally promote the divers´ interest in shark conservation. José Palazzo has published 14 books, including the first guide to the marine mammals of Brazil in 1988, two volumes about diving and conservation in Brazil, and several chapters in different publications about marine subjects, besides translating and helping publish in Brazil important environmentally-related works from activist authors such as his friend Jean-Michel Cousteau. José also heads his own private consultancy firm, Truda Palazzo & Associates; serves as Vice President of the Augusto Carneiro Institute, one of the few Brazilian NGOs working with international marine conservation policy, where he also acts as resident Marine Conservation Activist under a grant from The Annenberg Foundation/Explore.org; works with Manta Ray Bay Resort/Yap Divers and other community and government stakeholders in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia – where he married in 2013 – to promote the island´s unique natural and cultural features, having been named Yap Global Ambassador for Brazil and South America; works with his daughter Júlia, a resident of Melbourne, Australia, on using graphic design for environmental awareness and on drafting new projects related to Australian nature conservation; and participates in a national experts group charged with developing a Bill to promote marine resource conservation in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, representing the interests of the diving and Ecotourism industry. He is also working on a definitive book about the Brazilian marine natural heritage, its threats and potentials for the generation of jobs and income through non-predatory means, and developing a project to study and raise public awareness on little-known Brazilian oceanic islands. In 2016, he was invited to the Uruguayan Delegation to the International Whaling Commission and began work as Institutional Development Officer for the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute, and in 2017 became a Consultant for the Latin American Development Bank and the UN Brazil Office. José is married to Nalu Beatriz Machado, insurance broker, and has daughters from a previous relationship. He is a keen diver, certified as Advanced Open Water and NITROX by PADI, with dives logged around the world but especially in his beloved Yap, to which he acts as Global Ambassador in promoting its unique natural and cultural heritage and returns as frequently as feasible to be with his Yapese family, the Ackers.

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Birth Date and Place

July 28, 1963 – Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil

Formal Education

Primary and Secondary Studies

Colégio Anchieta, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, 1969-1980.

Technical Qualification

Professional Certificate in Natural History Museum Technician, 1979.

Trainee at City Secretariat of the Environment of Porto Alegre, 1982-1983.

Field training in whale research at New York Zoological Society ́s Camp 39 Field Station at Península Valdés, Argentina, under the supervision of Dr. Roger Payne, Ph.D., August-September 1985.

Advanced Open Water Diver, Professional Association of Diving Instructors reg. 0703090856, certified March 29, 2007.

Enriched Air (NITROX) Diver, Professional Association of Diving Instructors reg. 14030A1545, certified March 12, 2014.

Further Education

Undergraduate Biology Course at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, initiated 1981, incomplete.

Undergraduate Veterinary Medicine Course at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, initiated 1982, incomplete.

Undergraduate Law Course at Ritter dos Reis University Law School, initiated 1993, incomplete.

Language Skills

Portuguese: native language.

English: fluent, Proficiency Certificate from Michigan University achieved, 1991.

Spanish: fluent.

French: basic conversation and reading.

Italian: reading.

Professional Experience

Government Positions Held

General Policy Coordinator for the National Secretariat of the Environment, Presidential Cabinet of Brazil (SEMAM/PR), April 4th, 1991 to February 28, 1992.

Advisor to the President of the National Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA), June 11th to August 10th, 1992.

Work at Private Institutions

International Wildlife Coalition, North Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA – Brazil Field Officer and International Marine Conservation Officer, August 12th, 1992 to January 1st, 2002.

Union of Commercial Brazilian Banks – UNIBANCO S/A, Field Project Inspector for the Unibanco Ecologia Program, 1994-95.

Coalizão Internacional da Vida Silvestre – IWC / BRASIL, Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil – President, January 1st 2002 to July 28, 2008.

Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC, USA – Senior Adviser, Latin America, for the Pew Whales Commission, January 2nd, 2007 to December 31, 2010.

Instituto Augusto Carneiro, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – Marine Conservation Officer (under successive grants from the Annenberg Foundation), January 2014 to present.

Instituto Baleia Jubarte, Caravelas, Bahia, Brazil – Institutional Development Consultant – January 2016 to present.

Independent Professional Practice

CEO at Truda Palazzo & Associates private environmental consultants (registered as Jose Truda Palazzo, Jr. ME in Brazil).

Partner at Palazzo & Leão Machado Administrações e Serviços ME Ltda consulting firm, Brazil.

Books Published

As First Author

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & L.A. Carter. A Caça de Baleias no Brasil. Porto Alegre, AGAPAN, 25p. il., 1983.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & M.C. Both. Manual de Reflorestamento do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, Assembleia Legislativa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, 126p. il., 1983.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & M.C. Both. Guia dos Mamíferos Marinhos do Brasil. Porto Alegre, SAGRA, 158p. il;, 1988.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & M.C. Both. A Natureza no Jardim: Um Guia Prático de Jardinagem Ecológica e Recuperação de Áreas Degradadas. Porto Alegre, SAGRA, 144p.il, 1989.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & M.C. Both. Flora Ornamental Brasileira: Um Guia para o Paisagismo Ecológico. Porto Alegre, SAGRA, 190p. il., 1993.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T.; P.A.C. Flores & M. Ruschel. Mamíferos Marinhos do Sul do Brasil / Marine Mammals of Southern Brazil. Florianópolis, Mares do Sul, 48p. il., 2000.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T.; P.A.C. Flores & M. Ruschel. Santuário de Baleias no Sul do Brasil / Whale sanctuary in Southern Brazil. Florianópolis, Letras Brasileiras, 52p. il., 2001.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & K.R. Groch. Área de Proteção Ambiental da Baleia Franca – Guia do Visitante. Imbituba, IWC/BRASIL, 30p. il., 2002.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T.; K. Groch & H. Silveira. Projeto Baleia Franca – 25 Anos de Pesquisa e Conservação. / Brazilian Right Whale Project – 25 Years of Research and Conservation. Imbituba, IWC/BRASIL, 186p. il., 2007.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & F. Clark. Naufrágios e Pontos de Mergulho – Fernando de Noronha, Recife e Maceió / Shipwrecks and Dive Sites: Fernando de Noronha, Recife and Maceió. São Paulo, CulturaSub., 208p. il., 2011.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & F. Clark. Naufrágios e Pontos de Mergulho – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina e Espírito Santo / Shipwrecks and Dive Sites – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and Espírito Santo. São Paulo, CulturaSub, 208-. Il., 2012.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & F. Clark. Amazônia – Paraíso das Águas / Amazon – A Paradise of Waters. Manaus, Cultura Sustentável, 177p. il., 2015.

As Co-author

PALAZZO, M. J.T. Palazzo, Jr. & M.C. Both. S.O.S. Baleias! Porto Alegre, Armazém Digital, 126p. il., 2011.

CAPELAS, A.; G.F. Dutra, J.T. Palazzo, Jr., E. Camargo, C. Campolina, E. Marcovaldi & F. Clark. Abrolhos. São Paulo, CulturaSub/Conservation International, 240p. il., 2013.

As Editor/Coordinator

PALAZZO, JR., J.T., A. Carneiro & J.B. Aguiar (orgs.) O Rio Grande do Sul e a Ecologia: Crônicas Escolhidas de um Naturalista Contemporâneo. Porto Alegre, Martins Livreiro, 220p., 1986.

PALAZZO, JR. J.T. (coord.) Conservação da Natureza: E Eu Com Isso? Fortaleza, Fundação Brasil Cidadão, 178p., 2012.

As Translator

GUEDES, N.M.R.; C. Dimitrius, F. Clark & G. Kodja. Alcatrazes. São Paulo, CulturaSub, 128p. il., 2012 (English version)

COUSTEAU, J.M. Retorno à Amazônia. São Paulo, CulturaSub, 250p. il., 2013. (Portuguese version)

Scientific and Technical Articles

As Main Author

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. 1996. Conservation Values. Conservation Biology 8(4):925-26.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T. 1999. Whose whales? Developing countries and the right to use whales by non-lethal means. J. Int. Wildl. Law Policy: 69-78.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T. & Flores, P. A. C. 1996. Progress report on the southern right whale Eubalaena australis off Santa Catarina, southern Brazil: 1995. Reunión de Trabajo de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos de América del Sur, 7 / Congresso de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos, Viña del Mar.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T. & Flores, P. A. C. 1998. Right whales Eubalaena australis in southern Brazil: a summary of current knowledge and research needs. Paper submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/M98/RW14.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T.; M. Iñiguez & M. Hevia. 2004. A Worldwide Directory of Whale Watching Research. Paper submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/56/WW8.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. & Groch, K.R. 2007. 2006: a record year for Southern right whale records off Brazil. Em: 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 2007, 28 de novembro a 03 de dezembro, Cidade do Cabo, África do Sul, Abstracts.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T. 2007. Conservação Marinha no Brasil: Desafios e Oportunidades. Em: Estratégias de Conservação da Biodiversidade no Brasil. Pp. 18-23. Rema Brasil – Rede Marinho-Costeira e Hídrica do Brasil.

As Co-author

Augustowski, M. e Palazzo Jr, J.T. 2003. Building a Marine Protected Areas Network to protect endangered species: whale conservation as a tool for integrated management in South America. Presented at the World Parks Congress 2003. Durban, South Africa.

Best, P. B., Payne, R., Rowntree, V., Palazzo, J. T. & Both, M. C. 1993. Long-range movements of south atlantic right whales Eubalaena australis. Marine Mammal Science 9(3): 227-234.

Câmara, I. G. & Palazzo, J. T. 1986. Novas informações sobre a presença de Eubalaena australis no sul do Brasil. Primera Reunión de Trabajo de Expertos em Mamiferos Acuaticos de America del Sur: 35-41.

Flores, P. A. C., PALAZZO, JR., J. T., Groch, K. R. e Ott, P. H. 1999. First resighting of a southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in Brazilian waters and an indicative of a three-year return and calving interval. 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Maui, Hawaii.

Flores, P. A. C., PALAZZO, JR., J. T. e Groch, K. R. 2000. Distribuição e tamanho de grupo da baleia franca austral (Eubalaena australis) na costa centro-sul de Santa Catarina, Brasil. Reunión de Trabajo de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos de América del Sur, 9 / Congreso de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos, 3, Buenos Aires.

Groch, K. R., Fabián, M. E. & Palazzo Jr, J. T. 2003. Monitoring behavioral responses of southern right whales to whale watching activities in the Southern Brazilian coast and an evaluation of its conservation implications. Paper submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/55/WW5

Groch, K. R., PALAZZO, JR., J. T., Flores, P. A. C., Adler, F. R. & Fabian, M. E. 2005 . Recent rapid increases in the Brazilian right whale population. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals , (4)1: p.41-47.

Groch, K. R. ; PALAZZO, JR., J. T., Flores, P. A. C. & Fabian, M. E. 2005. Right whales (Eubalaena australis) off southern Brazil: annual and seasonal patterns of occurrence, site fidelity and group structure. Em: 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 2005, San Diego, CA. Abstracts. p. 113.

Groch, K.R. & PALAZZO, JR., J.T. 2007. Áreas restritas como ferramenta de ordenamento do turismo de observação de baleias na Área de Proteção Ambiental da Baleia Franca, SC. Anais… V Congresso Brasileiro de Unidades de Conservação, 17 a 21 de junho de 2007, Foz do Iguaçú, Paraná, Brasil. 10pp.

Simões-Lopes, P. C., Palazzo Jr, J. T., Both, M. C. & Ximenez, A. 1992. Identificação, movimentos e aspectos biológicos da baleia franca austral (Eubalaena australis) na costa sul do Brasil. Anales del III Reunión de Trabajo de Especialistas em Mamíferos Acuáticos de América del Sul: 62-66.

Leaper, R.; J.T. Palazzo, Jr.; M. Augustowski & M. Sironi. IWC Sanctuaries in the context of Marine Protected Areas. Paper submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/55/SCP1. Public Policy Documents Authored

BRAZIL. Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). Edict 117 of December 26, 1996 which establishes norms for preventing the harassment of cetaceans in Brazilian jurisdictional waters. Co-author of the draft text.

BRAZIL. Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Natural Renewable Resources (IBAMA). Normative Instruction 102 of August 26, 2006 which establishes regulations for whale watching activities in the Right Whale Environmental Protection Area. Main author of the draft text.

BRAZIL. Federal Decree 6,698 of December 17, 2008 which establishes the Brazilian Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary. Main author of the draft text.

BRAZIL. Ministry of the Environment. Proposal for Inclusion of Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserve as a World Heritage Site. Report Submitted to UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 351p. il., 2000 (co-authored with R. P. Lima and R. Müller).

CONVENTION ON MIGRATORY SPECIES OF WILD ANIMALS. 2016. Technical Support Information to the CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessments for Marine Noise-generating Activities. Author of module on elasmobranchs. 72p.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. Proposta de Criação da Reserva Ecológica Ilha dos Lobos. Report to the Special Secretariat of the Environment (SEMA), Ministry of the Interior, Brazil, 36p. il., 1982.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. (coord.) Plano de Ação para a Conservação da Baleia Franca em Santa Catarina. Imbituba, 72p., 1999.

PALAZZO, JR., J.T. (coord.). Proposta de Criação da Área de Proteção Ambiental da Baleia Franca. Report submitted to the Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, 102p. il., 1999.

PALAZZO, JR. J.T. (coord.). 2001. South Atlantic: A Sanctuary for Whales. Proposal submitted by the governments of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and South Africa to the International Whaling Commission. 128p. il.

PALAZZO, JR., J. T., Flores, P. A. D. C., Groch, K. R., Farias, B. H. J., Müller, R. R., Meireles Filho, J. e Silveira, H. 1999. Proposta de criação da Área de Proteção Ambiental da Baleia Franca. Imbituba. 35pp.

PALAZZO JR.,, J.T. & B. G. Vernazzani, 2011. Draft proposal for an Action Plan for the Recovery of Eastern South Pacific Southern Right Whales in Chile. Submitted by the Government of Chile to the Conservation Committee of the International Whaling Commission IWC/63/CC21Rev. Jersey, UK. 14p.

ROCHA-CAMPOS, C.C. & I.G. Câmara (orgs.). Plano de Ação Nacional para Conservação dos Mamíferos Aquáticos – Grandes Cetáceos e Pinípedes. Brasília, ICMBio, 156p. il., 2011.

Attendance at Inter-Governmental Treaties and Conferences

As Government Representative

5th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 22 – May 3rd, 1985 – National Delegate for Brazil.

6th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Ottawa, Canada, July 12-24, 1987 – National Delegate for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 10-20, 1991 – National Delegate for Brazil.

43rd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 27-31, 1991 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

49th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Monaco, October 20-24, 1997 – National Delegate for Brazil.

50th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, May 16-21, 1998 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

51st Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, St. Georges, Grenada, May 24-28, 1999 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Gigiri, Kenya, May 10-20, 2000 – National Delegate for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission and Workshop on the Scientific Aspects of Whale Watching, Adelaide, Australia, June 14-26, 2000 – National Delegate for Brazil.

52nd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Adelaide, Australia, July 3-6, 2000 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Intersessional Meeting of the International Whaling Commission on the Revised Management Scheme, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, February 6-8, 2001 – National Delegate for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Hammersmith, United Kingdom, July 3-16 – National Delegate for Brazil.

53rd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Hammersmith, United Kingdom, July 23-27, 2001 – As Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, April 27 – May 9, 2002, Shimonoseki, Japan – Head of Scientific Delegation for Brazil.

54th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Shimonoseki, Japan, May 20-24, 2002 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Special Commissioners Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, United Kingdom, October 14, 2002 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Santiago, Chile, November 3-15, 2002 – As National Delegate for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Berlin, Germany, May 26 – June 6, 2003 – Head of Scientific Delegation for Brazil.

55th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Berlin, Germany, June 16-19, 2003 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Sorrento, Italy, June 29 to July 10, 2004 – Head of Scientific Delegation for Brazil.

56th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Sorrento, Italy, July 19-22, 2004 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Bangkok, Thailand, October 2-14, 2004 – National Delegate for Brazil.

Meeting of the Working Group on the Revised Management Scheme of the International Whaling Commission, Borgholm, Sweden, November 29 – December 1st, 2004 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Working Group on the Revised Management Scheme of the International Whaling Commission, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 2-3, 2005 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Ulsan, Republic of Korea, May 30 – June 10, 2005 – Head of the Scientific Delegation for Brazil.

57th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Ulsan, Republic of Korea, June 20-24, 2005 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Working Group on the Revised Management Scheme of the International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, United Kingdom, February 28 – March 2nd, 2006 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis, May 22 – June 5, 2006 – Head of Scientific Delegation for Brazil.

58th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis, June 16-20, 2006 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

59th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Anchorage, United States, May 28-31, 2007 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, The Hague, Netherlands, June 3-15, 2007 – National Delegate for Brazil.

60th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Santiago Chile, June 23-27, 2008 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

Meeting of the Small Working Group on the Future of the International Whaling Commission, St. Petersburg, Florida, September 15-18, 2008 – Acting Commissioner for Brazil.

61st Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, Jue 22-25, 2009 – Alternate Commissioner for Brazil.

17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 24 – October 5, 2016 – National Delegate for Brazil.

66th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Portoroz, Slovenia, October 24-28, 2016 – National Delegate for Uruguay.

As Accredited Observer

36th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 18-22, 1984 – Observer for Associação Gaúcha de Proteção ao Ambiente Natural (AGAPAN).

37th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, July 15-19, 1985 – Observer for AGAPAN.

38th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Malmö, Sweden, June 9-13, 1986 – Observer for the Brazilian Conservation Foundation (FBCN).

39th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Auckland, New Zealand, May 30 – June 3rd, 1988 – Observer for FBCN.

40th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, San Diego, USA, June 12-16, 1988 – Observer for FBCN.

7th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Lausanne, Switzerland, October 9-20, 1989 – Observer for the International Wildlife Coalition.

42nd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Noordwijk, Netherlands, July 2-6, 1990 – Observer for FBCN.

44th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Glasgow, Scotland, June 29 – July 2nd, 1992 – Observer for FBCN.

45th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Kyoto, Japan, May 10-14, 1993 – Observer for FBCN.

46th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 23-27, 1994 – Observer for FBCN.

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Fort Lauderdale, USA, November 7-18, 1994 – Observer for the International Wildlife Coalition.

47th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Dublin, Ireland, May 29 – June 2nd, 1995 – Observer for FBCN.

48th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 24-28, 1996 – Observer for FBCN.

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Harare, Zimbabwe, June 9-20, 1997 – Observer for the International Wildlife Coalition.

21st Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, November 9-15, 2009 – Observer for Divers for Sharks.

62nd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Agadir, Morocco, June 21-25, 2010 – Observer for Centro de Conservación Cetácea – Chile.

63rd Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, St. Helier, Jersey, July 11-14, 2011 – Observer for Centro de Conservación Cetácea – Chile.

64th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Ciudad de Panamá, Panama, July 2-6, 2012 – Observer for Centro de Conservación Cetácea – Chile.

16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, Bangkok, Thailand, March 3-14, 2013 – Observer for the Augusto Carneiro Institute/Divers for Sharks.

65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Portoroz, Slovenia, September 11-18, 2014 – Observer for Centro de Conservación Cetácea – Chile.

12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 6-17, 2014 – Observer for the Augusto Carneiro Institute/Divers for Sharks.

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, San Diego, United States, May 19 – 30, 2015 – Invited Participant.

13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cancún, Mexico, December 4-17, 2017 – Observer for the Augusto Carneiro Institute/Divers for Sharks.

12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species, Manila, Philippines, October 22-27, 2017 – Observer for Divers for Sharks.

Participation in Public Policy Boards and Fora

Inter-Ministry Sea Resources Commission (CIRM), Brazil, 1991.

Brazilian Committee for the Man and Biosphere Program – MAB/UNESCO, 1991.

Florianópolis City Environmental Board, Brazil, 1994-1995.

Special Working Group on Aquatic Mammals of the Brazilian Institute on the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (GTEMA/IBAMA), 1994-2007.

State Council of the Environment of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 1995.

Management Board of the Right Whale Environmental Protection Area, Brazil, 2005-present.

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas – Marine – Brazil, 2004-present.

IUCN Joint WCPA/SSC Task Force on Marine Mammals and Protected Areas, 2013-present.

IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, 2014-present.

Attendance at Scientific and Technical Conferences, Workshops and Other Technical Meetings

As Event Coordinator

1st Meeting of the Brazilian Marine Conservation Projects, Laguna, Brazil, September 9-12, 2004.

1st Meeting of the Latin American Network of Marine Protected Areas with Whales, Imbituba, Brazil, August 20-23, 2004 (co-organized with Mabel Augustowski).

Founding Meeting of the Southern Brazilian Marine Mammal Strandings Network (REMASUL), Imbituba, Brazil, September 24-25, 2004 (co-organized with Régis Pinto de Lima)

Buenos Aires Group Meeting of Latin American Member Countries to the International Whaling Commission, Papagaio Island, Brazil, April 24-26, 2008 (with Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff).

1st International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, Maui, Hawaii, March 30 – April 3, 2009 (as part of Steering Committee).

Buenos Aires Group Meeting of Latin American Member Countries to the International Whaling Commission, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica, May 18-20, 2010 (with Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment and Energy staff).

2nd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, Trois-Ilêts, Martinique, November 7-11, 2011 (as part of Steering Committee).

3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, Adelaide, Australia, November 9-11, 2014 (as part of Steering Committee).

Our Life, Our Seas International Symposium: Pinnipeds and Marine Conservation, Rio Grande, Brazil, April 13-15, 2016 (as part of coordinating staff).

4th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 12-18, 2016 (as part of Steering Committee).

As Invited Speaker

2nd Meeting Government-Civil Society on the Environment and Citizenship, Brasília, Brazil, June 5th, 1986.

1st Meeting on Aquatic Mammals Research and Conservation (ENCOPEMAQ), Caravelas, Brazil, 19-22 July, 1994.

Species Survival Network Summit, London, UK, October 12-15, 1995.

7th Working Meeting of Latin American Aquatic Mammal Specialists, Valdivia, Chile, October 22-25, 1996.

Special Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission on Right Whales, Cape Town, South Africa, March 16-25, 1998.

Workshop on Responsible Whale Watching, Punta del Este, Uruguay, October 10-14, 2003.

Workshop on Science for Whale Watching Management, Cape Town, South Africa, March 6-9, 2004.

3rd Meeting on Aquatic Mammals Research and Conservation (ENCOPEMAQ), Itajaí, Brazil, November 12-15, 2005.

Symposium on the State of the Conservation of Whales in the 21st Century, organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Pew Charitable Trusts at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, April 12-13, 2007.

2nd International Workshop on the Non-Lethal Use and Management of Cetaceans, La Pedrera, Uruguay, April 18-21, 2007.

7th Green Meeting of the Americas, São Paulo, Brazil, September 11-13, 2007.

2nd Whale Symposium: A Change in Climate for Whales, organized by the United Nations University/Tokyo and Pew Charitable Trusts, Tokyo, Japan, January 30-31, 2008.

Pew Whales Commission Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, February 9-10, 2008.

International Whale Watching Conference, Selfoss, Iceland, March 13-15, 2008.

Ocean Life Symposium, Roseau, Dominica, March 23-25, 2009.

8th National Environment Congress, Poços de Caldas, Brazil, May 25-27, 2011.

14th Marine Biology Symposium, Santos, Brazil, July 4-8, 2011.

PADI Dive Festival 2012, São Paulo, Brazil, April 10-14, 2012.

Press Workshop on the International Whaling Commission, Panama City, Panama, June 7th, 2012.

Technical Workshop on Cetacean Management in Latin America, Cartagena, Colombia, December 3-5, 2013.

International Symposium on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary Proposal, Praia do Forte, Brazil, March 19-21, 2014.

Blue Ocean Business Summit, online event organized by the Blue Ocean Network, June 8015, 2015.

Blue Days Symposium on Marine Ecotourism of the South Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP), Papeete, French Polynesia, June 1-5, 2015.

Global Eco 2016 Asia-Pacific Ecotourism Conference, Rottnest Island, Australia, November 21-23, 2015.

1st International Meeting on Marine Wildlife Migration, Torres, Brazil, June 17-19, 2016.

World Day Against Whaling, Puerto Madryn, Argentina, July 22, 2016.

Brazilian Ministry of the Environment ́s Workshop on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary Proposal, Rio de Janeiro, August 18th, 2016.

As Participant

8th Working Meeting of Latin American Aquatic Mammal Specialists, Olinda, Brazil, October 25-29, 1998.

1st National Workshop on Wildlife: Uses and Legislation, Camaçari, Brazil, April 12-13, 1999.

Workshop on Regulatory Measures for Recreational Diving in Protected Areas, Ubatuba, Brazil, November 21-23, 2001.

Workshop to Develop a Conservation Management Plan for Southern Right Whales in the Southwest Atlantic, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 19-20, 2011.

3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, Marseille, France, October 21-27, 2013.

Global Ecotourism in Protected Areas Forum, Sydney, Australia, November 12, 2014.

World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia, November 12-19, 2014.

Palau Shark Week, Koror, Palau, March 3-10, 2015.

8th Brazilian Protected Areas Congress, Curitiba, Brazil, September 21-25, 2015.

Workshop on Regional Evaluation of IUCN Red List Species of the Patagonian Sea, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 30 – June 3, 2016.

Regional Workshop on Mercury Monitoring and Working Meeting on Cetaceans as Indicators of Ocean Health, Bogota, Colombia, October 3-7, 2016.

Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States, Ante Royale, Seychelles, November 22-24, 2017.

Global Eco Asia-=Pacific Ecotourism Conference, Adelaide, Australia, November 27-29, 2017.

Expeditions and Technical Visits to Natural Areas

1982. Península Valdés, Argentina, to gather knowledge on behavior of Southern Right whales Eubalaena australis. (repeated several times until present day)

1983. Yosemite National Park, Monterey State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore, and studies on the migration of the Gray whale Eschrichtius robustus, California, USA.

1989. Cape Cod National Seashore and proposed Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, to study behavior of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae in relation to commercial whale watching activities.

1991/92. Tenth Brazilian Antarctic Expedition aboard the Brazilian Navy ship Barão de Teffé.

2002. Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, New Zealand. Invited researcher on dolphin sighting expedition aboard the Dolphin Explorer.

2003. Valée de Mai World Heritage Site, Sainte-Anne Marine National Park, Curieuse Marine National Park, Praslin National Park and Morne Seychellois National Park, Seychelles.

2004. Ang Thong National Marine Park, Thailand; Bonaire Marine Park, Dutch Antilles.

2005. Great Barrief Reef Marine Park, Australia, expedition aboard the Undersea Explorer as guest of the James Cook University Minke Whale Project Team; Point Lobos State Reserve and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California, USA.

2007. Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, United States.

2014. Cenderawasih National Marine Park, Indonesia; Cape Otway, Wilsons Promontory, Dandenong Ranges, Sydney Harbor and Great Australian Bight National Parks, Australia.

2015. Australian National Parks between WA and VIC, 2015.

2017. Cebu and Malapascua Islands, studying shark diving operations; Australian National Parks of SA, VIC and NSW.

Honors and Awards

WhaleSaver Certificate, Connecticut Cetacean Society, USA, 1984.

Life Membership at the National Wildlife Federation, USA, 1984.

Protector of the Public Green Areas Award, City Secretariat of the Environment of Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1984.

Civic Merit Order, National Defense League, Brazil, 1985.

Medal of the 50th Anniversary of Brazilian National Parks, Brazil, 1987.

Honorary Citizenship of the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, 1988.

Patron of the Biological Sciences graduates of the 2nd Semester, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1988.

Life Membership at the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia, 1993.

Honorary Citizenship of the Municipality of Imbituba, Brazil, 2001.

Crystal Dolphin Award of the IV Meeting on Aquatic Mammals Research and Conservation of Northeastern Brazil (ENCOPEMAQ), Brazil, 2004.

Honorary Member of the Management Board of the Right Whale Environmental Protection Area, 2005.

Cultural and Environmental Ambassador for Yap, Federated States of Micronesia for Latin America, under Manta Ray Bay & Yap Divers Global Ambassadors Program, 2014.

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