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Bernardo Strassburg, president of IIS, has been elected as the “Sustainability Leader of the Year for 2023”

Praised by the judges for his “excellence and significant impact” as a result of “hard work and dedication,” Bernardo Strassburg, president of IIS, was named the “Sustainability Leader of the Year for 2023” by Environmental Finance, an online platform for news and analysis on sustainable investments, green finance, and individuals and companies making a difference in environmental markets. The award is dedicated to his work as the founder and chief scientist of

Judges at this year’s Environmental Finance Sustainable Company Awards commended Bernardo Strassburg for his “excellence and significant impact” stemming from “hard work and dedication.” They remarked on his “long-standing contribution to the importance of the natural environment” and for being “instrumental in the discovery of new technologies for forest restoration.”

Bernardo Strassburg’s role as the chief scientist of involves research and overseeing the implementation of field projects. The company utilizes remote sensing, advanced planting techniques, and the application of mathematical models for land allocation assessment. He states that this enables to carry out reforestation on an “unprecedented scale and contribute to the growth of vital ecosystems.” Strassburg asserts his commitment to advancing the understanding and promotion of tropical biome restoration, biodiversity, and its influence on local and global communities.

“This has culminated in the development of technologies that harness systemic ecological science, advanced mapping technologies, and significant partnerships with local communities, revolutionizing large-scale forest restoration,” he says.

He also advised on the Kunming-Montreal biodiversity agreement at COP 15 of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, playing a role in shaping the Global Biodiversity Framework agreement, which aspires to protect 30% of the world’s ecosystems, both on land and in the sea, by 2030.

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