February 18, 2022

Adjany Costa

Country: Angola

Expertise: Marine Biologist and Conservationist

Adjany Costa is currently the Advisor for Environmental Affairs to the President of the Republic of Angola. She was previously the youngest Minister in the history of the country, at age 31, for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment. Adjany Costa has a double Master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, and was involved in the establishment of the first Marine Protected Area in the Southernmost Coastline of Angola, having led the official kick-off intersectoral assemblies for its creation as a Minister. She also drove the dialogue on climate action with several national and international stakeholders, promoting the creation of the first climate observatory in the country. As an ethno-conservationist, she strongly believes in coupling science and traditional knowledge to develop effective policies that maximize the protection of wildlife while improving the well-being of impoverished and rural communities, in marine, freshwater or inland environments. She has received various recognitions for her work, including the 2019 United Nations Young Champions of the Earth Award and the 2020 UN Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), and has received a decoration in Angola with a Golden Medal for Civil Merit, in 2019. Adjany Costa is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where she is developing a community-based natural resource management model for the headwaters of the Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando in the Angolan Highlands.

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