Francoise Clottes

Ms. Clottes has been appointed as Director of Strategy and Operations as of February 16, 2017. Her top priorities will be leading the development of the GEF’s policy framework to enhance its impact on the protection of the global commons; enhancing internal systems to improve operational efficiency and result focus, and evolving partnerships to adapt to new opportunities and challenges.

Gustavo Alberto Fonseca

Dr. Gustavo Fonseca is the Head of Natural Resources at the Global Environment Facility. Responsibilities as Natural Resources Head include overseeing a portfolio of investments in biodiversity, forests and REDD+, transboundary marine and freshwater conservation, and sustainable land management. A tenured professor of Zoology and Ecology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, he was the founder and first Executive Director of Center for Applied Biodiversity before becoming the Chief Conservation and Science Officer of Conservation International. He holds a Master's degree in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Forest Management and Conservation from the University of Florida. Dr. Fonseca published close to 150 publications articles and books, including 14 times in Science, four times in Nature, and twice in PNAS. He received the Oliver Austin Award of the University of Florida’s State Museum for outstanding research in the natural sciences, the Environmental Protection Award of Government of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Distinguished Service Recognition award from the Brazil Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), and the Golden Ark Award, an official order of the Dutch government, the highest conservation award of Netherlands.

Cyrille Barnerias

Cyrille has joined the Global Environment Facility at the beginning of 2016 as a Senior Environmental Specialist working on marine and biodiversity issues mainly in Africa and Small Islands Developing States. From 2009 to 2016 he worked for the French Ministry of Ecology in Martinique (FWI) as a project manager on Biodiversity, Protected areas and Marine turtles. During this phase, in addition to local projects, he participated in Regional and National networks as well as in cooperation action with Cuba on marine biodiversity inventories.

The transition from a conventional economy in the ocean to a “blue” or sustainable economy could be a tremendous economic and investment opportunity, if done right, according to the Economist, organisers of the World Ocean Summit 2017 in Bali.


"Thanks to this project, I can truly say: 'mambo si kama zamani' (Swahili for: 'things are not like in the past') - our lives are better. Women now have a voice. We participate in decision-making, share leadership positions, and earn a better living from farming activities." Mrs. Esther Kuluo, member of the Ilaretok Farmer Field School, and Treasurer of the Ilaretok Water Management Committee, North Narok, Kenya.