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VISION

The Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) generates scientific knowledge and integrates this knowledge to craft environmental management initiatives to promote sustainable development and, where needed, restoration and reforestation. Powering science and society for environmental solutions.

MISSION

CINCIA focuses on developing solutions on how to reforest and restore degraded areas in one of the most biodiverse places on earth: the Peruvian Amazon.  Our scientists work to build trust with government leaders, conservation specialists, miners and farmers to use the land more efficiently and with less environmental damage. The work we do will serve as a model for large-scale reforestation and restoration, improved biodiversity conservation, and more sustainable small-scale mining and farming techniques throughout the Amazon.

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Our Team

Wake Forest University

Luis Fernandez
Luis E. Fernandez
Executive Director
Luis E. Fernandez is the Executive Director of the Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian.
Miles Silman
Miles Silman
Associate Director of Science
Miles R. Silman is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and.
Justin Catanoso
Justin Catanoso
Associate Director for Education and Outreach
Justin Catanoso has worked for CINCIA as a communications specialist since its founding. He has.
Kim Couch
Kim Couch
Financial Manager
Kim Couch is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center.

Management

Cesar Ascorra
Cesar Ascorra
National Director
Cesar Ascorra is one of the most respected ecologists working in Peru's Amazon region. Recipient of.

Coordinators

Julio Araújo
Julio Araújo
Aquatic Biodiversity Program Coordinator
France Cabanillas
France Cabanillas
Reforestation Program Coordinator
Forestry Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina with a Master's degree in Environmental.
Marta Torres
Marta Torres
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Marta has a Masters degree in Rural Development from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and a.
Claudia Vega
Claudia Vega
Mercury Program Coordinator

Specialists

Jesús Alférez
Jesús Alférez
Reforestation Program Technician
Bachelor in Ecotourism from the National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios who has worked.
Carmen Acho
Carmen Acho
Education and Outreach Assistant
Jorge Caballero
Jorge Caballero
GIS specialist
John Farfan
John Farfan
Reforestation Program Specialist
Miguel Macedo
Miguel Macedo
Aquatic Biodiversity Program Technician
Martín Pillaca
Martín Pillaca
GIS Specialist
Forest and Environmental Engineer from the National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios, with a Master's.
Vivian Ruiz
Vivian Ruiz
Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist

Administration

Sandra Concha
Sandra Concha
Administrative Financial Assistant
Massiel Cueto
Massiel Cueto
Administrative Specialist
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Our Partners

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY