Diego joined the Centre in April 2014. He works on the development, update, correct use and improvement of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) and on related research projects and products emerging from it such as the Protected Planet reports, WDPA User Manual, or the Protected Planet Website.
Diego has a bachelor degree in Agronomy and an MSc in Environmental Management of Protected Areas and Countryside. He has many years of professional experience – five years gained in the agribusiness sector and almost five years in conservation working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At IUCN he worked on a variety of projects including freshwater biodiversity assessments across south east Asia and Africa (mapping species distribution and applying the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria), development of a global standard to identify Key Biodiversity Areas, and supporting a range of IUCN programmes on project development and providing technical advice.
Diego contributes to the development, update, and improvement of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). He is involved in a variety of uses of the WDPA and has led in the production of the first WDPA User Manual which aims to ensure the database is understood, used correctly, and underpinned by clearly defined data standards.
Diego coordinated the publication of the 2014 Global Protected Planet report and the Asia Protected Planet report which aim to track progress of protected areas towards meeting their conservation targets. He is now working with the Korea National Parks Service to produce the first Protected Planet National Technical Series.