?CONSERVATION International-Guyana has appointed Damian Fernandes its new Executive Director.
In making the announcement on Thursday, CI-Guyana explained that Fernandes was selected as part of an open recruitment process. In a statement, CI-I pointed out that Fernandes is a graduate of the University of Guyana with 18 years of experience working on conservation and community development in the country.
Fernandes was the first commissioner of the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) and supported the development of the National Protected Areas System. Most recently, he worked with the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) and the World Wildlife Fund-Guianas in advocating for integrated land-use planning, conservation, and sustainable development in Guyana’s North Rupununi Wetlands.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my country, and to build on the efforts of my predecessors,” Fernandes was quoted as saying.
“I look forward to joining the dedicated team at Conservation International-Guyana, and to working with our partners as we shape solutions for Guyana’s environmental challenges,” he further stated.
Fernandes replaces former Vice-President of Conservation International-Guyana, Dr. David Singh.
Singh offered Fernandes best wishes on his new appointment. “I wish to extend my heartiest congratulations to Damian on his appointment. He is the right person to lead Conservation International-Guyana at this time.”
As the Executive Director, Fernandes will lead the program and guide the implementation of conservation and sustainable development projects within the country.
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all.