Adriana Abdenur

Special Advisor, Brazilian Presidency

Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a Brazilian policy expert and co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ, an independent, women-led research institute dedicated to issues of climate, governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean and across the Global South. Since 2023, she has worked as Special Advisor for international relations in the Brazilian Presidency. Dr. Abdenur was a Policy Fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) for the year 2021, working on innovations in global governance, and an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs at Sciences-Po Paris, where she taught on Climate and Security and Environmental Crimes. In addition to the Climate Governance Commission, she is a member of the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy (CPD) and the Strategic Advisory Board of Germany's Weathering Risk initiative on Climate and Security. Dr. Abdenur earned her PhD in development sociology from Princeton University in 2006 and is the mother of two.

Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Maurício Santoro & Maiara Folly

Chinese Railway Investments in Brazil: Socio-Environmental Implications for the Amazon and Cerrado

As China’s interests and presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) expand, Chinese firms have been changing their strategy in Brazil. More specifically, they have been diversifying away from buying financial assets toward more greenfield investments, through which China-headquartered compa...

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Protecting archaeological sites in the Amazon is essential for environmental wellbeing

Raging fires, expanding mineral extraction and land clearing for agribusiness are not only destroying Amazonian lands and biodiversity, they are also eradicating fundamental knowledge on land stewardship. Climate diplomacy has a key role to play in protecting archaeological sites that preserve lesso...

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

How Can Artificial Intelligence Help Curb Deforestation in the Amazon?

Deforestation has traditionally been viewed as an environmental issue, but, increasingly, illegal logging in rainforests is being understood as an issue of transnational organized crime. Forests cover 31 percent of the planet, are home to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial species of animals an...

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Gender, Climate and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean: From Diagnostics to Solutions

The evidence base on the relationship between climate change and security in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has expanded over the past two years. Recent research has shown that a wide variety of phenomena—from extreme weather events in the Caribbean, to soil erosion in Central America, to c...

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