The Past, Present & Future of the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) Program

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December 8, 2023 | 11 am – noon, local time
WWF “Panda Hub” Pavilion in the Blue Zone of the UNFCCC COP28
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The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) Program is the world's largest initiative for the conservation of tropical forests. This highly successful program has reduced deforestation by 264,000 ha equivalent to 104 M tons of avoided CO2 emissions. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this event will convene community leaders, partners and members of government to discuss how to use ARPA’s structure to strengthen the socio-bioeconomy and clarify the status of undesignated lands across the Amazon.


Welcome and Opening

Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF-US

20 Years of ARPA's Impact

Rosa Lemos de Sá, Secretary General, Funbio

Panel Discussion: Strengthening the Socio-Bioeconomy in Brazil

Brazil’s Vision for the Amazon of Tomorrow

João Paulo Capobianco, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change


Headshot of Joao Paulo Capobianco

João Paulo Capobianco

Executive Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

João Paulo Capobianco was chosen to be Executive Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in 2023. Capobianco served as National Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests and Executive Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment between 2003 and 2008 under Marina Silva. He is a biologist, environmentalist, and author.

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Chief of Programs, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Aileen Lee is the chief of programs for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She oversees all grantmaking activity, including all program allocations and Adaptive Management and Evaluation. Aileen’s previous roles at the foundation include leading the Environmental Conservation Program, as well as developing and leading the Wild Salmon Ecosystems and the Conservation and Markets initiatives. Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, where she led client engagements in strategy, operations, and organizational effectiveness across a wide range of sectors. She currently serves on the boards of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, iNaturalist, Legacy Landscapes Fund, and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. She has previously served as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and treasurer of the Western Conservation Foundation.

Rosa Lemos de Sá

Rosa Lemos de Sá

Secretary General of Funbio, Brazilian Biodiversity Fund

Rosa Lemos de Sá was appointed Secretary General of Funbio and has served in this position since January 2010. Previously, she led the Andes-Amazon Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the United States, from 2006 to 2009, and worked at WWF-Brazil for 10 years, occupying the position of Director of Conservation from 2003 to 2006. Ms. Lemos de Sá has extensive experience in Protected Area Programs and studied endangered primate species and the impact of a hydroelectric dam on wildlife population as a Master and Ph.D. student, respectively. She graduated in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin, USA, and has an MSc in Ecology from the University of Brasilia and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Florida, USA.

Carter Roberts

Carter Roberts

President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts is president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide.

Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems and address climate change by linking science, field and policy programs with an ambitious initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet. He has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Walmart, Cargill and Mars to set new industry standards for resource efficiency.

Roberts earned his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter & Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.

Roberts serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and most recently served on the International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business, as well as the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN.

Roberts lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jackie Prince Roberts and their three children.

Letícia Santiago de Moraes

Letícia Santiago de Moraes

Vice President, CNS (National Council of Extractivists)

Letícia Santiago de Moraes is the vice president of Political Articulation of Youth of Extractive Populations (CNS). She graduated from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) studying ethnodevelopment and completed her master's studies at the Postgraduate Program in Amazon Agriculture and Sustainable Development (UFPA). In 2021 she received the award for young national leadership during the Chico Mendes Week, and in 2018, she was recognized by the Government of Acre for her efforts to fight for the continuity of Chico Mendes' Legacy. Letícia was born in the Nossa Senhora da Boa Esperança Extractive Community, in the Marajó region, in Pará.

Mauricio Voivodic

Mauricio Voivodic

Executive Director, WWF-Brazil

Mauricio Voivodic is the Executive Director of the WWF-Brazil. A forester by training, Mauricio holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo. His studies were focused on non-state governance systems, in particular the institutional dynamics of voluntary certification systems to build and maintain legitimacy among stakeholders and in the marketplace.

He is the former Executive Director of Imaflora, a Brazilian NGO that works with tropical forest certification and climate change initiatives. He was also a founding member of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), member of the Steering Committee of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 and fellow at the Climate Strategies Accelerator program.

Mauricio has participated in a number of national and international debates on sustainability, forestry and climate change, and worked extensively on certification processes for small producers, community and indigenous groups, and timber companies.