Organization: Convention on Wetlands

Title(s)

Director of Science and Policy

Francisco Rilla is the Director of Science and Policy at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

Francisco Rilla is the Director of Science and Policy at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. He has more than 25 years of experience in biodiversity and wetlands conservation, policy development, regional negotiations, management and implementation of projects, scientific research, wildlife and ecosystems restoration program. Francisco has also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2005. In 2016, he joined UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, in the International Governance Unit (Law Division), dealing with the implementation of projects such as ACP- African, Caribbean and Pacific MEAs and the African Elephant Fund (AEF). In both initiatives, he has supported the implementation of conservation activities in particular with stakeholders, governments and international organizations in Africa, Asia, Americas and the Pacific regions.

Before joining UNEP, Francisco held a role of Head of Capacity Building at the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) based in Bonn, Germany, for 11 years. Prior to that, he was responsible for the Management and Science Unit of PROBIDES UNDP/GEF Project in Uruguay on the conservation of Ramsar Area in the Biosphere Reserve Bañados del Este. Francisco also coordinated the Wetlands Program for Latin America of IUCN in the regional Office for Latin America in Quito, Ecuador.

Francisco holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Uruguay and obtained advanced postgraduate degrees from Saarland University in Biogeography in Germany, and in ecology on wildfowl and wetlands in Spain. He is the author and co-author of more than 45 scientific publications, book chapters, and popular articles dealing with conservation biology, biogeography, and Ramsar conservation sites.