Tasso Azevedo

Tasso Azevedo is a consultant and social entrepreneur in the field of forests, sustainability and climate change. He coordinates the SEEG Network a System to Esstimate GHG Emissions as well as MAPBIOMAS a platform to produce annual land cover and land use maps of entire countries through a multi-institutional collaboration. He is a forestry engineer graduate at ESALQ/USP and was founder and director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (IMAFLORA), the largest FSC and SAN certifier in Brazil. Tasso was Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment and general-secretary of the National Forest Commission. He was the first Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service. He was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation of the National Plan to Combat Deforestation and the Amazon Fund (world ´s largest forest protection funds). Tasso serves as board member on several organizations including the Business Forum on Climate Change, Rainforest Alliance, Imazon, Imaflora and IEMA and teaches at post-graduate programs on sustainability related issues and is columnist at O Globo newspaper and Epoca Negocios magazine. Tasso is also a TED Global speaker and the first recipient of the Bright Award from Stanford University.

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