Environmental Initiatives



Guilherme Dutra directs the marine program at Conservation International (CI) Brazil, where he leads initiatives to support the implementation and expansion of the Marine Protected Areas Network in the Abrolhos Region and other parts of Brazil. Since he started to work in Abrolhos, Dutra has coordinated efforts to increase the knowledge and recognition of the importance of its coral reefs, as well as to develop management solutions that can be replicated and influence marine conservation in the country. His work has contributed to the recognition of the national and international importance of Abrolhos, and to the creation of three other significant MPAs in the region—Corumbau, Canavieiras, and Cassurubá Marine Extractive Reserves—which are areas co-managed with local communities combining no-take and multiple use zones. Despite the advances made over the last decade, it is still not enough to guarantee the long term protection of the region, as all three areas were created along the coast, and important habitats along the shelf are not protected. Dutra hopes to play a pivotal role in the expansion of marine conservation in Brazil.

Dutra joined CI as a biologist in 1996 after graduating from Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2000, he obtained a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Campinas while coordinating CI’s Abrolhos project. To date, he has managed nearly 25 marine conservation projects, worked with 16 local communities, and led three major communication campaigns for the protection of the region.



1997 – 2000: Universidade Estadual de Campinas,  SP – Master in Ecology
1992 – 1997: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, MG – Biology


2010  –  Present:  Fisheries  Monitoring  Program  of  the  Abrolhos  Region,  Coordinator  - Brazilian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture/UEM/Ecomar/CI-Brasil
2005 – Present: Marine Program Director – CI-Brasil
2005 – 2010: Marine Management Areas Science Program, Abrolhos Node, Manager – CI/UFES/UFPB/UEM/USP/UFRJ/JBRJ/UFBA/UESC/INPE/CI-Brasil
2003 – 2005: Marine Program Manager - CI-Brasil
2002: Biodiversity Conservation of the Timbebas Reefs/Abrolhos National Marine Park, Coordinator – PROBIO/Brazilian Ministry of Environment/CI-Brasil
2000: Rapid Marine Biodiversity Assessment of the Abrolhos Bank, Bahia, Brazil, Coordinator – Conservation International
1999 – 2002: Rapid Biological Assessment and Management Plan of the Corumbau Marine Extractive Reserve, Coordinator – Brazilian Environmental Agency(IBAMA)/CI-Brasil
1996 – 2003: Abrolhos Project Coordinator - CI-Brasil

2008 – present: Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve, Bahia State Committee, Member.
2005 – present: SOS Abrolhos Coalition, Creator and Facilitator.
2002 – present: Abrolhos National Marine Park Consultative Council, Member.
2002 – 2010: Corumbau Marine Extractive Reserve Deliberative Council, Member.
1998 – 2002: Humpback Whale Institute Deliberative Council, President.


• Karrer, L., Beldia, II P., Dennison, B., Dominici, A., Dutra, G.F., English, C., Gunawan, T., Hastings, J., Katz, L., Kelty, R., McField, M., Nunez, E., Obura, D., Ortiz, F., Quesada, M., Sivo, L., and Stone, G. (2011). Science-to-Action Guidebook. Science and Knowledge Division, Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

• Dutra, G.F., Siqueira, C.C., Vrcibradic, D., Kiefer, M. C. & Rocha, C.F.D. (2011). Plant Consumption of Insular and Mainland Populations of a Tropical Lizard. Herpetologica, 67(1), 2011, 32–45.

• Dutra, G.F., Ferreira, B.P., Moura, R.L. & Maida, M. (2010). As áreas protegidas na gestão costeira e marinha do Brasil. In: Marone, E., Riet, D. & Melo, T. (Eds). Brasil Atlântico: um país com a raiz na Mata. Mar de Idéias & Instituto BioAtlântica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

• Moura, R.L., Minte-Vera, C.V., Curado, I.B., Francini-Filho, R.B., Rodrigues, H.C.L., Dutra, G.F., Alves, D.C. & Souto, F.J. (2009). Challenges and Prospects of Fisheries Co-Management under a Marine Extractive Reserve Framework in Northeastern Brazil. Coastal Management, 37:617–632.

• Moura, R.L., Dutra, G.F., Francini-Filho, R.B., Minte-Vera, C.V., Curado, I.B., Guimarães, F.J., Oliveira, R.F., & Alves, D.C. (2007). Fisheries Management in the Marine Extractive Reserve of Corumbau – Bahia. Pp. 175-187. In: Prates, A.P. & Blanc, D. (Eds). Aquatic Protected Areas as Fisheries Management Tools 4. Brazilian Ministry of Environment, Brasília, Brazil.

• Dutra, G.F., G. Allen, T. Werner, & McKenna, S.A., Eds (2005). A Rapid Marine Biodiversity Assessment of the Abrolhos Bank, Bahia, Brazil. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 38 (155 pp). Conservation International, Washington, DC.

• Marchioro, G.B., Nunes, M.A., Dutra, G.F., Pereira, P.G.P. & Moura, R.L. (2005). Avaliação de Impactos da Exploração e Produção de Hidrocarbonetos no Banco dos Abrolhos e Adjacências. Megadiversidade, 1(2): 225-310.

• Olsen, S.B., Kenchington, R., Davies, N., Dutra, G.F., Hale, L.Z., Robles & Wells, S. (2004). A Global Network for Sustained Governance of Coastal Ecosystems. Pp 151-163. In: Glover, L.K., Earle, S.A. & Hemphill, A.H. Defying Ocean’s End: an Agenda for Action. Island Press, Washington, DC.

• Werner, T., Pinto, L.P., Dutra, G.F. & Pereira, P.G. do P. (2000). Abrolhos 2000: Conserving the Southern Atlantic’s Richest Coastal Biodiversity into the Next Century. Coastal Management, 28: 99-108.

• Rocha, C.F.D., Menezes, V.A. & Dutra, G.F. (2000). Termorregulação no lagarto partenogenético Cnemidophorus nativo (Teiidae) em uma área de restinga do nordeste do Brasil. Revista de Etologia 2 (2): 103-109.

• Dutra, G.F. (2000). Tamanho corporal e dieta de Tropidurus torquatus (Sauria: Tropiduridae) em três ilhas do Arquipélago dos Abrolhos e em três restingas no Extremo Sul da Bahia. Master Thesis, Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Campinas, SP, Brazil.

• Rocha, C.F.D., Menezes, V.A., Bergallo, H.G. & Dutra, G.F. (1999). Cnemidophorus nativo (Brazilian whiptail lizard): Geographic distribution. Herpetological Review. 30 (2):109.

• Gonzaga, M.O. & Dutra, G.F. (1999). Comportamento de forrageamento e estrutura do ninho de Ectatomma opaciventre (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 43(3/4): 141-145.

• Gonzaga, M.O., Santos, A.J. & Dutra, G.F. (1998). Web invasion and araneophagy in Peucetia tranquillini (Araneae: Oxyopidae). Journal of Arachnology 26: 249-250.

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