I was born and raised in Douala, Cameroon. In my village there was a native forest that was protected as a home for our ancestors, which raised my interest in forest values.
At the end of high school, I was admitted to a special forestry program between the University of Montreal (Canada) and the University of Douala. I Received a BSc. with majors in forestry and educational sciences in 1992. After graduation, I worked as a forestry teacher in a government technical high school in Cameroon for 12 years. Between 1994 and 2004 I worked for a not for profit organization called CEDEFE (Centre for Forestry and Environment), which allowed me to carry out forest inventories, forest management and community forestry for many forest companies, some national and international organizations and also to train many people in different communities. In 2004, I was admitted for a MSc study “Tropical and International Forestry” at the University of Goettingen, Germany. I received my MSc. in 2006 and at the beginning of 2007, I started doctorate studies. During my PhD studies, I spent two years (2007-2009) at the Institute of Silviculture and one year (2009-2010) at the Institute of Bioclimatology, University of Göttingen, Germany. I received my PhD on Bioclimatology in 2010 and I moved the same year to Canada. During 2011 – 2012, I worked as a part time research assistant with the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2012, I have been working with Deutsche Forstservice GmbH as freelance International Consultant and as a scientific advisor. In 2013, I accepted a position as research associate in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University in Kingston.
The project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity on REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in the Congo Basin" has received a grant from FEM of $ 13 million administered by the World Bank. This five-year project will improve the knowledge and coordination on REDD+ in the Congo Basin, strengthen technical capacity for measurement and monitoring of carbon stocks in forests of the Congo Basin. It will also help to integrate the concept of REDD projects in SFM. The six countries with high forest of the Congo Basin (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo) agreed to coordinate their efforts for the conservation and sustainable management of forests in their respective countries. The Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC), which was established in 2005 as a regional authority responsible for policy and technical guidance, monitors and coordinates this effort. I have accepted a proposal to provide scientific guidance to the Central Africa REDD+ project component “Development of allometric equations for the forests of the Congo Basin”. The project will consist of carrying biomass data within 6 countries involved in partnership with local private institutions, research institutions and universities.
The advantages for students include providing a unique research opportunity and to get involved in the second largest tropical forest in the world. It might also provide an opportunity to connect Queen’s students with researchers and students of Universities in Central Africa. Another advantage of the project is the opportunity to develop other research ideas that might allow the involvement of Queen’s students on biomass and ecosystems analysis. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in this research.
To support my research, I have developed the “International, Forest and Environment Research” Group (IFER). Please visit my website to have more information on my research.