The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, informed at a conference that Víctor Manuel Toledo will become the new Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).
The Mexican newspaper Heraldo de México reports that Dr Toledo takes office after the resignation of former secretary Josefa González Blanco last Saturday, who presented her resignation with a letter published in her Twitter account.
Dr Toledo is from Mexico City and studied biology, has a Science PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has been a professor at universities in California, Brazil, Spain, Cuba and Venezuela.
In addition, he is a professor and researcher at the Institute of Ecology of the UNAM and he founded the new Biocultural Heritage Network of the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (Conacyt).
He has received several environmental awards throughout his extensive academic career, such as the National Environmental Award in 1985, the Ecological Merit Award in 1999 or the Luis Elizondo Award from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in 2000, and has published more than 200 research studies, a dozen books and more than 40 scientific papers.