Gunars Platais headshot
SILC Senior Fellow
Environment and Natural Resources

Gunars Platais is a Fellow at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC). He joins SILC after 20+ years at the World Bank where he focused on environmental and natural resources economics and environmental risk management. He led multidisciplinary teams in lending operations and analytical work and specialized in the integration of natural resource management and conservation in policy and decision-making processes. Interested in innovative financial instruments, he has been instrumental in introducing concepts such as Payment for Environmental Services (PES) at an operational level in developing countries. He has worked extensively throughout Latin America and provided cross-support to Bank teams in Asia, Africa and Europe. As a fully accredited environmental risk management specialist he worked on the application of environmental safeguards throughout multiple sectors mainly in Latin America. Fluent in several languages he has a degree in Forest Engineering from his native Brazil, a MSc from Colorado State University in mathematical optimization of natural resources management and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science where he focused on Natural Resource Economics and Policy.

Research Interests

  • Development Studies
  • Rural Development
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Sustainable Development Strategies
  • Economic Analysis


  • PhD, Wildland Resource Science, University of California Berkely (1998)
  • MS, Forest Management and Economics, Colorado State University (1989)
  • BS, Forest Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1982

Recent Publications

  • May, P., Platais, G., DiGregorio, M., Gowdy, J., Pinto, L.F.G., Laurans Y., Cervone, C.O.F.O., Rankovic, A., and Santamaria, M. (2018). The TEEBAgriFood theory of change: from information to action. In TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations. Geneva: UN Environment.
  • Tirado von der Pahlen, M.C., Arias, D., Comim, F., Briseno, A., Kinderlerer, J., Lee, S., Platais, G., and Rapallo, R. (2018). Social equity, ethics, and justice: missing links in eco-agri-food systems. In TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations. Geneva: UN Environment.
  • Tan, A., Richey, J.E., Sossai, M.F., Platais, G.. 2016. Print. Hydrologic sensitivity of streamflow runoff to climate change in Espirito Santo, Brazil. Submitted to Water Resources Research.
  • Mendonca, A., Platais, G., Machado, J.A., Novelli, F., Beloti, T. 2016. Print. Restoration of Forest Landscapes in the State of Espirito Santo, Brazil: From pilot projects to state policy of large-scale restoration.