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Dr. Peter May has dedicated his professional career to research, administration and training in the economics and management of natural resources for equitable rural development in the tropics. Dr. May's experience encompasses 20 years of program administration, field research, graduate level teaching and economics consultancy in Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the United States. He holds a PhD in Resource Economics and a MRP in City and Regional Planning, both from Cornell University. Founder and President of the Advisory Council of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics (ECOECO), he is presently a professor in the Graduate Program in Development, Agriculture and Society at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Agroforestry Network-REBRAF. Dr. May has conducted extensive research on the movement toward certified forest management in Brazil, having most recently co-authored the studies "Barriers to Certified Forest Management in the Amazon: the importance of cost" (IIED/GTZ, 2001) and "Forest Certification in Brazil" (Consumer Choice Council, 2002).

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Lincoln Quevedo has been involved in forest certification since 1993. He has been two times President of the FSC Bolivian Initiative and is currently a board member of FSC International. He holds a degree in ecology and forest management and is a lecturer in ecology and silviculture at the Gabriel Rene Moreno University in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In the field of certification, Mr. Quevedo is a founding member of the FSC Bolivian National Initiative, a member of the Bolivian Standards Committee and was involved as an advisor in the creation of the FSC national initiatives of Peru, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Mr. Quevedo has also worked for WWF, the Bolivian Forest Superintendency, NGOs, and as a consultant for organizations such as CIFOR and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Dr. José Joaquín Campos is Director of Department of Natural Resources and Environment at CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) and Professor of the Latin American Chair of Diversified Management of Tropical Forests. His work and research on forest certification began in 1994 with the Costa Rican initiative on forest certification as well as through advising and training for several graduate research students on the subject. Since 1998 Dr. Campos has been a member of the Costa Rican National Forest Certification Commission and an advisor to the national process in Guyana. His research interests include sustainable forest management, forest policy, payment for environmental services, illegal logging and integrated management of natural resources. Dr.Campos earned his D.Phil. in Forest Management from the University of Oxford.

Dietmar Stoian is Team Leader of the Center for Competitiveness of Ecoenterprises (CeCoEco), based at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. He earned his Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Freiburg University (Germany), focusing on the socio-economic impact of non-timber forest product use on household and regional economies in the Bolivian Amazon. As a member of the Bolivian Council for Voluntary Forest Certification, he participated in the elaboration of the Bolivian standards for Brazil nut certification. His work and research on forest certification began in 1993, analyzing the potential for exports of certified wood furniture from the Brazilian Amazon to Western Europe. Currently his group works to foster the competitiveness and environmental performance of small and medium forest enterprises in Central America within the framework of an IADB-MIF funded project. In spring 2004, CeCoEco will launch the bilingual website "EcoNegocios Forestales - Forest EcoBusiness" that seeks, among other things, to facilitate trade in certified wood products.

Fernando Carrera Gambetta is currently working in Costa Rica for CATIE as Coordinator of the international course in Diversified Management of Natural Forests in the Tropics, training specialist for the TRANSFORMA project, and technical advisor in forest management to communities in Honduras and Nicaragua. He has also worked for CATIE as project leader for the CATIE/CONAP (National Council for Protected Areas in Guatemala) Project, designing and implementing community forestry concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve and providing technical expertise to forest management projects, NGOs and communities in Costa Rica. Mr. Carrera received a Master of Science degree from CATIE in Biodiversity and Forest Management and Conservation, with specialization in Silviculture and Natural Forest Management and an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the National Agrarian University (La Molina), Lima, Peru. He has also studied at the post-graduate level at the Federal University of Para, Brazil and the Forestry and Forest Products Institute, Japan.

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Salvador Anta Fonseca is currently an independent consultant involved in evaluating a number forestry-related projects and institutions, including the adoption of forestry certification by communities in Mexico. He has also participated in World Bank forestry studies, forestry programs of the Mexican government, and organization and training projects for certified and non-certified communities. Mr. Anta founded and is a current member of the Advisory Council for the Mexican Civil Council for Sustainable Silviculture and has recently been named Executive Director of the Civil Council for Sustainable Coffee Production in Mexico. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Anta represented the Mexican Office of Environment and Natural Resources in Oaxaca. For the ten years following his graduation in Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, where he also taught science and society courses, he worked with indigenous peoples of Mexico on natural resource management research.

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