Experts' profiles - Marcos Silva
Marcos Silva - CITES Secretariat
Marcos Silva is responsible for issues related to the use of new information and communication technologies, including those that are web-based, to conduct trade in specimens of CITES-listed species. This includes development of CITES electronic permits and certificates. He is in charge of developing the CITES Virtual College, where members of the CITES community are able to gain better understanding and awareness of the Convention through e-learning. Other tasks include implementation of regional capacity-building projects, coordinating knowledge-management activities and promoting the use of new Internet technologies to help implement the Convention.

He was previously with the Convention on Biological Diversity where he was responsible for the implementation of the Clearing-House Mechanism and for the technical implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House. Before joining the United Nations, Marcos was a Programme Officer with the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation where his duties included the development of the North American Biodiversity Information Network. He holds a PhD from McGill University and was a Professor with the Department of Distance Education for many years.
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