Joao Paulo Ribeiro Capobianco

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João Paulo Ribeiro Capobianco - "Biologist with specialized degree from the University of Brasília. Environmentalist, photographer, founder, and first president of the Jureia Defense Association. He was superintendent of the SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation (1988/94), member of the National Coordination of the Secretary Executive of the Brasilian NGO Forum for ECO-92. He was part of the Coordination Network of NGOs working in the Mata Atlântica, served on the Board of Advisers for SOS Mata Atlântica as well as for Rainforest Foundation International. He served as representative of the NGOs in the Coordinating Comission of the National Biodiversity Program (PRONABIO), in addition to representing the Government of São Paulo in the Technical Congress for Issues in the Mata Atlântica on the National Environmental Council (CONAMA). He was coordinator of the Mata Atlântica program of the ISA until the end of 2001 when he was invited to assume the position of Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests with the Ministry of the Environment during the first term of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In President Lula´s second term he rose to Executive Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, which he left in May of 2008 with the resignation of the minister Marina Silva." [1]

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  1. Founding members, Instituto Socioambiental, accessed September 22, 2008.