Carmen L. Lacambra

Head of Research and Environmental Services

As a senior GCAP partner and founding member of Grupo Laera, a Colombian consultancy serving clients in corporate, academic and multilateral agencies, Carmen has lead regional adaptation teams in projects with the IDB, USAID, Wilson Center and World Bank. She works with GCAP on urban adaptation, adaptation strategies on both the national level as well as for the private sector, climate proofing for medium and small businesses, adaptation training and capacity, and ecosystem adaptation to climate change.

Carmen is a biologist with expertise in the field of conservation and integrated coastal zone management emphasizing and promoting the inclusion and integration of the sustainable development, risk management, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems and the private sector in research and development projects at global, regional, national and local scales. Her PhD in geography from the University of Cambridge examined the inclusion of the environment in coastal disasters vulnerability assessments in the Neotropics.

With working experience in Europe and Latin America as a researcher in Universities and Research Institutes in the UK, Spain and Colombia as well in leading policy advising institutions, Carmen has a deep understanding of global trends and their applicability to real local problems in addition to the constraints and benefits of science, policy and international collaboration in this field. Carmen has been involved in global, regional and national scale projects that include UNEP-WCMC in UK, the Permanent Commission of the South Pacific (CPPPS), the Colombian Oceanographic Commission and INVEMAR and has worked with partners such as UNDP, WWF, IUCN, TRAFFIC, TNC and Birdlife International.