Mission and Team

What is Plataforma Cipó?

Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South. CIPÓ works to support local and national governments, international organizations, civil society entities and private sector actors in developing effective responses as they face the emerging challenges of the Anthropocene.

The word “cipó” means “vine” (the woody, flexible stems that cling to trees) in the indigenous Tupi language and in Brazilian Portuguese. The word connotes three ideas that are central to CIPÓ: practical solutions (cipós are used to make baskets, sieves, and agricultural implements); bridging (because cipós link up trees); and action, since these plants are used by animals and insects to move across the forest.

Among the issues currently addressed by CIPÓ are: environmental crimes, climate governance, international peace and security, migration and refugees, and China’s role in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Inclusion: CIPÓ promotes inclusive normative processes and decision-making structures that are capable of incorporating a wide variety of contexts, experiences, demands, ideas, and concerns

Transparency: CIPÓ adopts and promotes transparency and accountability as basic principles of good governance. We encourage and support governments and the private sector to adopt a more transparent decision-making process and to improve civil society participation and information sharing mechanisms.

Respect for Human Rights: CIPÓ promotes respect for human rights and adopts a people-centered approach as fundamental elements of its political and advocacy activities.


Our team regularly works in the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English and French

Examples of products:

  • Technical reports
  • Artigos
  • Policy Briefs
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Technical Notes
  • Memos
  • Field Reports
  • Media products
  • Creation and Maintenance of Databases
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Geopolitical and Risk Analysis
  • Capacity-building, Courses and Training (face-to-face and virtual)
  • In-presence events and webinars.


Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Executive Director

Is a specialist in public policy and International Relations. She leads projects on climate and security, environmental crime and deforestation, transnational organized crime, peace operations and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and elsewhere in the Global South. Since 2019, she is a member of the UN Committee on the Development Policy (CDP). She is also a member of the Global Climate Commission, the Climate and Security Expert Network, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Weathering Risk initiative. She earned a PhD in development sociology from Princeton University in 2006. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and has two children.

Maiara Folly

Programme Director

Is a Brazilian international relations and public policy researcher, based in London. She leads and participates in policy-oriented research and advocacy projects in the fields of environmental crime, international peace and security, women, peace and security, refugee and forced migration studies, including climate induced displacement. Folly holds an MSc from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro.

CIPÓ Team:

Gabrielle Alves

Junior Researcher

Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília, with an exchange program at the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. Based in Brasília, Gabrielle is a law student and a member of the Human Rights Clinic at IDP.

Luísa Falcão

Junior Researcher

Is a Master's student in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Ecological Research. Based in Santarém, in the state of Pará, she holds a law degree from the Federal University of Western Pará.

Arthur Vieira

Research Assistant

Is an undergraduate student at Harvard University concentrating in social studies and with a focus on sustainable development and inequality in Latin America.

Felipe Schaeffer Neves

Research Intern

Holds a master in Human Rights and International Justice from the University of Valencia and a BA in International Relations and Arabic from the University of Westminster.

Fathimath Nayifa Nihad

Research Intern

Is a master's student at the University of Oklahoma. Her MA degree in Global Studies focuses on activism, the climate crisis, and social and environmental justice. Nayifa is the recipient of the Fern Holland Award and William W. Talley II Award.

Max Holender

Administrative-Financial Coordinator

Holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from IBMEC-RJ and an MBA in Sports Management and Marketing from Trevisan. He also has extensive experience in carrying out the financial management of non-profit organizations, having previously worked at the Institute of Technology and Society (ITS-Rio), Igarapé Institute and Coding Rights.

Renata Albuquerque Ribeiro

Senior Researcher

Holds a PhD and a master's degree in Political Science from the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ), as well as a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Flávia do Amaral Vieira

Senior Researcher

Holds a PhD in Law, with a focus on Human Rights Law, from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), as well as a Master's in Law and International Relations from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). She was a visiting researcher at the Birkbeck School of Law and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. She is based in Belém (Pará).

Marília Closs

Project coordinator

PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ). She holds a Master's degree in Political Science from IESP-UERJ and a BA in International Relations from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She is based in Rio de Janeiro.

João Cumarú


Master's Student in Chinese Politics and Diplomacy at SIRPA (复旦大学, Fudan University, China). Bachelor and Master in Political Science (UFPE, Brazil). Associate Researcher and Curator of Energy Matrices and Environment at CEASIA (UFPE).

Where are we

- Rio de Janeiro (BR)
- Juiz de Fora (BR)
- Brasilia (BR)
- Santarém (BR)
- Belém (BR)
- Rio Branco (BR)
- London (UK)
- Berlin (DE)
- Maldives (MV)


Plataforma CIPÓ obtained its status as a Non Profit Organization in Rio de Janeiro in June 2021.  The first complete annual report, including financial data, will be made available in the second trimester of 2023.

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