Francisco Oliveira has been involved with the Amazon region over the last 20 years.
He started his work in the region as a Masters student in Landscape Ecology, investigating different patterns of land use and their effects on biodiversity. This was followed by a period as a member of the team responsible for the development of the Surveillance System for the Amazon (SIVAM). In 2002 Francisco joined the Brazilian government, working as the Deputy Director of Environment Protection at the Brazilian Environment Agency for 5 years, before becoming the head of the Protected Areas Program at WWF-Brazil for 2 years. In 2010-11 Francisco undertook an MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. Following his time in Cambridge Francisco joined the Brazilian Ministry of Environment as the director of policies to combat deforestation.
Reasons for hope
Jane Goodall will share her experiences with the Gombe chimpanzees, the research spanning nearly 60 years and the community-centred conservation programmes engaging local people to become the Jane Goodall Institute’s partners in conservation. She’ll share stories of hope and talk about Roots & Shoots, her global humanitarian and environmental programme empowering young people to make a difference for animals, people and the environment we all share.