Dr Rogério Cunha de Paula
Program Coordinator - CENAP (Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação de Mamíferos Carnívoros)
ICMBio (Instituto Chico Mendes para a Conservação da Biodiversidade)
MMA - Brazilian Environmental Ministry
I am graduated in Biological Sciences with MSc. on Biological Sciences and PhD on Forestry Resources. I presently work as environmental analyst for the National Research Center for Carnivores Conservation (CENAP), within the Instituto Chico Mendes for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio) an agency within the Brazilian Environmental Ministry (MMA) since 2002. I am responsible for designing and executing strategies and actions to improve the endangered species status and activities to reduce conflicts between carnivores and humans. I coordinate the National Action Plans (NAP) division since 2010 and specificallycoordinated the production and implementation of several action plans such as the jaguar’s and the maned wolf’s. Presently I oversee the Large Felids and Wild Canids NAPs since 2018 and the Small Cats NAP since 2020. I am part of both national and international committees for carnivore conservation, as the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups. My expertise goes through techniques for mammals monitoring and management, and methods for ecological and inventory surveys, population sampling and estimating as well as management plans and action planning besides habitat and population modeling. As wildlife manager, I dedicate time on learning and executing actions related to human-carnivores conflict management and coexistence strategies throughout the country. In the last 20 years has been dedicating part of my time on trying to chance people’s perception through coexistence practices and strategies towards carnivores, such as jaguar, pumas, maned wolves, or even the little foxes and smaller felids that are all constantly removed from our world due to human’s intolerance.