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Blue Economy: Strategies For Healthy Marine Ecosystems In Latin America

Environmental authorities forum

High-level panel where important ministerial authorities, sustainability experts, meet to discuss the development of strategies and sustainable solutions for marine ecosystems so vital for our planet.

City: Miami, Florida

Date: Saturday, April 23 2022

Time: 10:30 - 12:15 MIA

Place: Fieldhouse at Watsco Center - University of Miami

Language: English & Spanish


Gustavo Manrique


With more than twenty years of experience working for sustainability, he is Ecuador’s current Minister of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition. During his time in office, he has executed the declaration of a New Marine Reserve in the Galapagos Islands, adding 60,000 km2 to the conservation area. He led the Conference on Marine Pollution in Geneva along with Germany, Ghana and Vietnam, where other 140 countries also participated. He has added 138 thousand hectares to Ecuador’s National System of Protected Areas and promoted the Ecological Transition of the country across various Government sectors by signing the Transition Pact towards Descarbonization. These efforts have been achieved under the leadership of Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso.

Carlos Eduardo Correa


He is Colombia's current Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia. Together with the country's president, they have achieved significant environmental accomplishments. He was Mayor of Montería, for the 2012-2015 period, and positioned the Cordovan capital as a sustainable city, "returning" the Sinú River to the citizens. His work on sustainable cities cataloged him as the county's Best Mayor in 2012-2015; Likewise, the City Mayors Foundation of London ranked him among the 10 Best Mayors in the World. He was an advisor to the Multipurpose Cadastre and Territorial Development of ESAP-ASOCAPITALES and the UNDP.

Adrián Peña


Originally from the Canarian town of San Bautista, he began his political career in the ranks of Jorge Batlle. He was elected as the first deputy for the Department of Canelones, by the Colorado party for the period 2015-2020, and assumes the position on March 10, 2015. In 2017 he is appointed Secretary General of his Party. In 2020 he is elected Senator of the Republic for the Colorado Party Motto. On August 27, 2020, he assumes as Minister of the Environment, under the presidency of Dr. Luis Lacalle.

Milciades Concepción


He is the current Minister of the Environment of Panama. He was a Congressman from 2004 to 2009 and the Population, Environment and Development Commission of the National Assembly's president. He has received several awards for his contribution to the environment and the approval of national environmental laws by the International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN and the Environment Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. He has a master's degree in Ecology, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Environmental Assessment from Fundabaires, Argentina, and a Diploma in UN-CATIE Sustainable Development Goals from Costa Rica.

Juan Cabandié


He was a legislator for the City of Buenos Aires and a national congressman representing the City of Buenos Aires. He served as vice president of the Commission for Consumer, User, Competition defense, where he presented a project on pricing guidelines, aiming to "guarantee consumers the real exercise of their freedom of choice and their right to information when choosing a product." In 2019 he was appointed by Argentina's President, Alberto Fernández, as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, where he remains in office.

Zac Goldsmith

Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment, United Kingdom

Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park is the Minister for Pacific and the International Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In this role, Lord Zac Goldsmith is responsible for international environment, climate, biodiversity and conservation, forestry policy, animal welfare, illegal wildlife trade, oceans and the Pacific.

Milagros De Camps

Viceminister of Environment of República Dominicana

She served as a researcher and professor at the National University of Singapore where she led policy research for energy transition and climate change in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). In 2018 she joined the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and in 2020 she became part of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGI) in Mexico as an expert in climate finance and public policy. Currently, she is Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic. She has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, with two Master's degrees, one in International Business Law from Boston University and another in Environmental Management from Yale University.


Javier Manzanares


Javier Manzanares is currently Co-CEO of ClimateCoin and a Climate Trade Advisory Board member. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund for almost eight years. Previously, he held the positions of Director and Regional Representative of UNOPS for MERCOSUR, based in Argentina, and Manager of the Investment and Development Banking Division at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration CABEI. Javier also worked as Executive Vice President of two Grupo Fierro private banks in Miami and Guatemala. His career in banking and finance began with Banco Santander / BSCH in the United States, Hong Kong and Japan.