Ricardo Nogueira Martins has a degree in Geography and Planning, a Master in Geography – Territorial Planning and Management and a post-graduate degree in Community Policies and Territorial Cooperation from UMinho; during his career he did an academic exchange in Spain at the University of the Balearic Islands.

He worked as an environmental consultant in environmental impact assessment and was a researcher, equivalent to a senior technician, in the Landscape Lab.

His main research interests are Management, Conservation and Promotion of Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Forestry and Rural Development, Regional and Local Development, Sustainable Land Use, Environment and Education for Sustainability, Environmental Diplomacy and Territorial Cooperation in the socio-environmental field.

He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the IUCN, an ambassador of Thought For Food in Portugal and qualified in EIA – Environmental Impact Assessment as a competent expert in Territory and Soil.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Local Protected Landscape of the Upper Sousa.