Álvaro Picardo Nieto
Forester, born in Madrid (Spain) in 1961. He works as Technical Adviser to the General Direction in Natural Heritage and Forest Policy of the regional government Junta de Castilla y León (Spain). His main activities include participation in the drafting of the Castilla y León Forestry Law and in the main forest policy instruments of the region, such as the Forestry Plan, the Bioenergy Plan or the Forest Resources Mobilization Program.
He has also developed his activity in the international arena, within the framework of the Standing Forestry Committee of the European Commission, the International Model Forest Network and various forestry cooperation and innovation projects, in collaboration with the CESEFOR foundation, of which he was President between 2015 and 2018. He has taken part in several H2020 projects, like ROSEWOOD and INCREDIBLE, with a large involvement in the promotion of Non Timber Forest Products, like resin, wild mushrooms, pine nuts and others.
Between 2000 and 2004 he was Head of the Forest Management Service of Junta de Castilla y León and before that date he worked as district forester in charge of public forests management for 12 years, in the provinces of Burgos and León. He has a Forestry Degree from Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Sciences degree on Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.