Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Mr. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán was appointed Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on 27 August 2015. Previously, he was Semarnat Deputy Secretary for Environmental Enforcement since December 2012, where his key achievements include the deployment an online version of the Annual Certificate of Operations (COA) to facilitate the recording of pollutant releases and transfers, programs to improve air quality management (ProAire), a Clean Transportation program to reduce the environment impact of freight transport, strengthened protection of species protected under CITES, and the launch of a Comprehensive Vaquita Recovery Strategy, in addition to important initiatives to ensure the sustainability of Mexico’s coasts. Secretary Pacchiano has a degree in industrial and systems engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He also holds a diploma in management from the same university, and another in climate change from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.