Gerardo Segura Warnholtz is a Senior Rural Development and Natural Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2005, Gerardo coordinated the National Program on Community Forestry in Mexico under the Mexican Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) for more than ten years. He also acted as Technical Secretary of the of the National Advisory Council on Forestry Affairs. Prior to this, Gerardo was Assistant Professor in Forestry Ecology and Sylvicultural at the Institute of Ecology of the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Forest Sciences from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Biology/Ecology from the Universidad Metropolitana, Mexico. During his years in the World Bank, Gerardo has worked extensively in operations and advisory services throughout Latin America, and more recently, in Africa. His areas of expertise include community forestry, carbon finance and forest tenure security, in which he has published more than fifty peer-reviewed articles and technical reports.