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Team Coordinator, Knowledge Management and Outreach Services


Mr. Marcos Regis Silva holds the position of Team Coordinator, Knowledge Management and Outreach Services at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In this capacity, he is responsible for issues related to the use of new biodiversity information and communication technologies to conduct international trade in specimens of CITES-listed species. This includes development of standards related to CITES electronic permits and certificates. He also is responsible for the on-going development of the CITES Virtual College, where members of the CITES community are able to gain better understanding and awareness of the Convention. Other tasks include implementation of global and regional capacity-building projects, coordination of knowledge-management activities and promotion on the use of new Internet technologies among Parties to help implement the Convention.

He was previously with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) where he was responsible for the implementation of the Clearing-House Mechanism and for the technical implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Silva was a Programme Officer with the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) where his duties included the development of the North American Biodiversity Information Network (NABIN). He holds a PhD from McGill University where he was a Professor with the Department of Distance Education and the School of Information Science for many years.