Maribel is a climate change adaptation and climate finance specialist and is a Senior Consultant at Acclimatise.
Maribel has over 14 years' experience in natural resource management, climate change adaptation and climate finance, providing strategic guidance to governmental, multilateral and non-governmental organizations on how to integrate climate change in their decision-making and access climate finance. She has led or contributed to more than fifty consulting projects, including conducting climate change vulnerability assessments and developing climate change adaptation plans for forest regions, rural areas and indigenous communities in Canada and the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She also supported CAF – the Latin American Development Bank – for the elaboration of its Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan, which also contains an in-depth vulnerability assessment of 16 Latin American countries. She is currently developing Morocco’s iNDC and supporting El Salvador government to include climate considerations into Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).
Over the years, she has developed significant experience in climate finance in developing countries and emerging economies through diverse projects including among others: supporting CAF – Latin American Development Bank through the accreditation process to become a Regional Implementing Entity (RIE) under the Adaptation Fund, helping them establishing a methodological framework to integrate climate change considerations into CAF’s lending decision-making process, or accompanying the Minas Gerais Development Bank on its process for making climate-efficient investments.
Maribel is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid with a four-year specialization in economics. She also holds a Master of Sciences in Rural Development – Natural Resources Management, from the Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM-IAMM) and a post-graduate diploma (D.E.A.) in Geography from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier. She has completed a course from the UNEP and the Frankfurt School of Management and Finance, entitled Certified Expert Climate and Renewable Energy Finance. She is a qualified trainer for GIZ Climate Finance Readiness program.
Maribel is fluent in Spanish, French and English.