Executive Director, Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia
Over the last 15 years, Vasco M. van Roosmalen has worked with over 25 indigenous communities in helping them create the technical and financial management tools for the protection of their traditional lands. A naturalized Brazilian citizen, Vasco has a master's degree in environmental public policy sciences from the University of Nijmegen and is the director and co-founder of the Brazilian NGO ECAM. Within the ECAM team, Vasco is responsible for strategic partnerships and new initiatives. ECAM counts on a team of 20 professionals who work with indigenous communities and numerous partners on improving the management of 40 million hectares of protected lands and surrounding regions in the Brazilian Amazon. In 2010, the Tech Museum recognized the work done by the ECAM team with the Surui Indigenous community in integrating new technologies for protecting the environment. Previously Vasco worked with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) and IUCN-NL.