Bogota, Colombia & Washington, DC
The Ecotropics Group, Applied Ecology for Tropical Resources Programs Inc., was established in 2007 by a team of scientists and engineers concerned about climate change. Our mission is to develop climate resilient solutions for Pantropical communities through scientific research, development and innovation. Our group applies a multi-stakeholder approach, advising entrepreneurial communities, corporations, and governments about Forest Carbon Offsets as well as Sustainable Coffee and Cocoa, and Green Schools construction. Ecotropics is a US non-profit 501(c)3 with offices in Washington, DC and Bogota, Colombia.
Arturo Restrepo Aristizabal, Ecotropic’s CEO and Founder, has over 17 years of experience in climate finance. He consults with governments, international businesses, and NGOs about REDD+ project development, sustainability, climate commodity trading, and corporate sustainability. He is a water management consultant and has conducted technical and management training on environmental safeguards for constituencies ranging from farm workers and indigenous communities to corporate shareholders and government ministries in Latin America. Arturo was a UN Associate Expert for Climate Change & Tropical Forests. He received a Master of Water Engineering and Environmental Technology Engineering in 2005 from UNESCO – IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands.
Eric Jussef Cardoso Matta, President and Co-Founder of Ecotropics Colombia, is a Civil Engineer from the National University of Colombia. His 18 years of experience in structural design of public and private infrastructure has ranged from projects in depressed urban communities to airports and hotels. His interest in biodiversity and the environment comes from both his childhood and his professional work. He is convinced that it is necessary to devise ingenious engineering solutions which integrate with the environment in ways that exceed what is technically and economically required.