Conservation International-Guyana (CI-Guyana) has announced the appointment of Damian Fernandes as its Executive Director.
A press release issued by CI-Guyana yesterday said Fernandes, who is a graduate of the University of Guyana and has eighteen years of experience working on conservation and community development in Guyana, was selected as part of an open recruitment process.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my country, and to build on the efforts of my predecessors,” he was quoted as saying in the release. “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.”
According to the release, former Vice-President of Conservation International-Guyana Dr. David Singh congratulated Fernandes on his appointment, while saying he is the right person to lead CI-Guyana at this time.
It noted that Fernandes was the first commissioner of the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) and supported the development of the National Protected Areas System, and 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 the Guyana’s North Rupununi Wetlands.
CI-Guyana added that as the Executive Director, Fernandes is to guide the implementation of conservation and sustainable development projects within the country.