Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo completed a Master of Science in Forestry from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) with research time at the North Carolina State University (US), and a Bachelor's degree in Forestry Engineering from Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil). He has work background in non-governmental organizations, supporting rural and indigenous communities to promote economic alternatives integrated with forest conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, he is PhD candidate at the University of Sydney – School of Geoscience (Australia). His research focuses on interface between social and environmental dimensions of community forestry and ecological restoration.
Brazil has set itself a target of restoring almost 50,000 sq km of the Amazon rainforest by 2030. But it won't get there without changing its policies and how it engages with local people.