Guilherme Dutra

Marine Program Director
Conservation International
g.dutra[at]; g.dutra[at]
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Guilherme Dutra is director for coastal and marine strategy at Conservation International-Brazil. In Brazil, less than 2 percent of the country’s marine ecosystems are protected. However, as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a global treaty addressing the conservation of biodiversity, Brazil agreed to protect at least 10 percent of its waters by 2020. Part of those waters, the Abrolhos region, is considered the richest area of marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic. Dutra’s Pew fellowship project will contribute to Brazil’s goal by supporting the expansion of the Abrolhos Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network, which will include a mix of no-take and multiple-use MPAs that allow for the sustainability of the region. The project seeks to increase the protected area from 88,250 hectares to 1 million hectares (340 square miles to 3,861 square miles) of no-take reserves, and from approximately 380,000 hectares to 8.5 million hectares (1,467 square miles to 32,818 square miles) of multiple-use MPAs. To accomplish these objectives, Dutra will develop an action plan, obtain high-quality images of spectacular but remote marine habitats, and support strong communication efforts directed at decision-makers and the Brazilian public. He and his team will work with the Brazilian government and a group of partners to build a comprehensive proposal for expansion of the MPAs. This network is being designed to ally biodiversity conservation with sustainable human uses in the region, with special attention to such activities as fishing and tourism. Dutra will use the Abrolhos expansion process as a model for catalyzing a national initiative aimed at similar marine spatial planning approaches in other areas and for advancing strategic marine conservation planning in Brazil. To learn more about Dutra, visit his bio online:

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