A tropical agro-economist engineer, Olivier started practical work in 2001 as a technical assistant as part of the French Cooperation in West Africa (Ghana and Guinea), in charge of projects supporting farmers’ organisations. As team leader of fieldworkers in both cases, he spent 4 years in the development of very diverse sectors (cash crops: mango, cashew nuts, cotton, shea & food crops: rice, maize, market gardening, yams & animal products: eggs, milk, beef). From 2006 to 2009, he was a forest/climate negotiator with the French delegation to the climate negotiations. As an expert on forest carbon sinks ("LULUCF" and "REDD +"), he participated in all international meetings of the Climate Convention (Nairobi, Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen), as well as inter-conference sessions (Bonn, Accra, Bangkok, Barcelona, etc.). He participated in other forums related to forest and climate change (United Nations Forum on Forests, G8 etc.). In 2008 he chaired the European experts’ group on forest carbon sinks during the French Presidency of the European Union. In 2010, he became Director of the forest and climate change unit within the ONFI. Heading a team of 10 experts, he coordinated for more than 2 years field projects in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In particular, he had to coordinate the support services for the development of the REDD+ strategies of the Congo and the Central African Republic as well as the National Climate Plans of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. He has been the President of SalvaTerra Since July 2012.
As a tropical forestry engineer, I started working at the international level in 2010 by contributing to a FAO study on the socio-economic impact of non-timber forest products in Africa. The next year, I conducted socio-economic surveys in 50 villages in Gabon and participated in the monitoring of forest inventories conducted for forest management plans. In 2012, I also worked with CIFOR in Indonesia where I studied regional land use planning processes in West Borneo. More particularly, I analyzed oil palm expansion dynamics, community forestry programs, and civil society initiatives on land tenure and environmental issues. In 2013 and 2014, I worked in Ecuador where I coordinated forest inventories and surveys of indigenous rural households in the Amazon as part of a research project carried out by the University of Missouri. More recently, I worked with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) on a meta-analysis of sustainability initiatives and standards in the palm oil sector (RSPO, ISCC, etc.). I studied the stakeholders and recent dynamics of the palm oil sector, the traceability systems and the zero-deforestation issues (High Carbon Stocks approach). Since the end of 2016, I joined the SalvaTerra team where I use my versatility and my experience in various international projects.
I have a MSc. in “Development and integrated spatial planning” and a MBA in “Forest, nature and society” (AgroParisTech-HEC). Thanks to my interdisciplinary education and international experience, I am a versatile professional specialized in agricultural, forest and environmental issues. Between 2007 and 2010, I carried out various assignments related to the sustainable management of natural resources: organization with the NGO CARI of training seminaries on agro-ecology and sustainable land management in Burkina Faso; Collaboration with the CIRAD to design and pilot protocols to monitor plant biodiversity in a RSPO certified oil palm estate in Indonesia; assessment of the social acceptability of the establishment of a Natura 2000 conservation area near the Pic Saint-Loup in southern France. Between 2011 and 2013, I honed my skills in sustainable forest resources management, and kept on widening my field experiences and subject areas: contribution to the third report of the National Group for Tropical Forests steered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; prospective study with AgroParisTech for the sustainable management of a watershed in the Karnataka State in India; assessment of the potential of family agroforestry systems as a viable alternative to industrial oil palm expansion in Southwest Cameroon with Greenpeace International, and a thorough analysis on behalf of Global Witness on forest policies and timber commercial flows in central Africa. Between 2013 and 2018, I led a rural development program in Chiapas (South Mexico), with the NGO Fondo Para la Paz. In this context, I designed and implemented – in close relation with local and national authorities – numerous projects to support local agriculture (strengthening of the coffee value chain, ecological intensification and diversification of food production systems), to reduce environmental risks (soil stabilization, waste management, etc.) and to reduce the social gap (nutritional monitoring and food security enhancement, access to education and healthcare, etc.). Since 2018, I am part of SalvaTerra’s team, where I can utilize my practical experience and analytic skills to achieve high-quality international expertise.
I am an agricultural engineer specialized in environment. I started working at international level in 2002 with the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), comparing soil analysis before / after deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. I then worked for Action Against Hunger, first in Laos as a resident technical assistant in charge of a sustainable agricultural development program for ethnic minorities; then in Zimbabwe, Chad, and Central African Republic on short-term missions: context analysis, identification of strategic orientations, design of programs regarding food security and rural development. From 2007, I have worked in an organization consulting firm, in charge of project management, change management, and conflict management. Since 2010, I carry out consultancy missions mainly in Southern countries, on environmental, agricultural, food security, and resilience issues. After working at Groupe URD till the end of 2014, I have continued this activity as an independent. I have carried out many evaluation missions (operational and strategic aspects, e.g. “Evaluation of the FAO Regional Strategy and Response to the Crisis in the Lake Chad Basin”) ; helped defining several National Strategies (e.g. “Assistance in the development of the FAO Central African Republic Resilience Strategy”) ; assisted the definition of calls for expressions of interest (e.g. “Preparation of a call for expression of interest in the field of resilience for the Delegation of the European Union in Mauritania”) ; developed and run several training sessions (e.g. “Environmental and Early Recovery training kit for professionals”) ; carried out analysis and research work (e.g. ”Study on the resilience of pastoralists to drought in the Sahel”). All these missions were mainly carried out in Western and Central African countries, for various organizations: Swiss Cooperation, UNDP, AFD, FAO, WFP, European Union, European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, etc. Since 2019, I am an expert in agriculture, forestry, and environment at SalvaTerra.
An agro-economist, I started working internationally in 2002, focusing on field positions in rural development and humanitarian action. As a food security and livelihoods specialist, I have worked in Liberia (2002-2003), Sri Lanka (2003-2005), Sudan (2009) and Myanmar (2009-2011) on the design, management and coordination of economic recovery projects and multi-sectoral programmes in response to crises. Between 2005 and 2008, I joined Groupe URD as a research fellow, mainly based in Afghanistan, first on a research-action project on social water management, then on numerous field studies and methodological support for aid actors. As an independent consultant from 2012, I have specialized in carrying out advisory services in disadvantaged areas where agricultural production systems and other livelihoods are severely constrained, both in tropical forest environments (Myanmar, Laos, DRC) and in areas affected by repeated droughts (Chad, Haiti). I have carried out assessments, project design and external evaluations for food security and agriculture projects, including themes related to agro-ecology, the improvement or preservation of productive assets (soil conservation, lowland rice development, etc.) and resilience to climate shocks. This includes several large-scale evaluations for the World Food Programme (WFP). At the same time, I have acquired a solid experience in training for students and practitioners in development and international aid. I joined the SalvaTerra team in 2019.
Geographer specializing in land-use planning and the environment, I started my professional career in the field of local development and the planning of rural areas in the context of Agenda 21 regional projects in Gran Canaria (Spain). I later worked in Nicaragua, initially as GIS specialist with Action Against Hunger, and afterwards as specialist in management of risks and natural disasters with the DRM company. I then worked with the Tunisian Institute for the promotion of development as the project coordinator of the Sustainable development and management of natural resources project in the National Park of the Feidja in the Kroumerie region. After that, I joined the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) in that same country, as director of the "Environmental and economic development" program. At the heart of the AECID, I worked 4 years in Paraguay as director of the project "Sustainable development in the region of the Atlantic forest of Alto Paraná". Finally, I participated in the national tourism program of the Paraguayan National Secretariat for tourism, as environmental specialist. Currently in France, my professional activity focuses on the application of remote sensing techniques for the analysis and management of natural resources.
Environmental economist, agronomist and forest policy expert, I founded in 2014 a consulting enterprise specialized in innovation for a green economy through a north-south co-development approach (GEicO - Green economy & International cooperation). Among my key expertise fields : Payments for Ecosystem Services, TEEB approaches, development and management of national funds for forests and biodiversity, Ecosystem-based Adaptation, Public Private Partnerships and Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility. As project and programme manager for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) from 2009 to 2014, I developed a wide range of capacity development concepts, supervised studies on the economics of ecosystems, and implemented financing mechanisms for forests and biodiversity. I also managed the design and implementation of numerous development projects with focus on sustainable management of natural resources in partnership with state institutions and civil society organizations. I operated in particular for the success of south-south cooperation approaches, triangular cooperation measures and partnerships for sustainable development, including the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests. My geographical expertise is manifold: Europe (France, Germany), Oceania (Australia), Middle East North Africa (Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey), Latin America (Chile, Costa Rica) and I am always opened for innovating in new horizons.
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Tropical agroforestry engineer, my career started in 2005 in Cambodia as social forestry projects manager for GERES (community-based reforestation, small-holder agroforestry). For 4 years I was responsible of several projects in the field, consultancies for other NGO and institutional as well as sectoral policies support to the Royal Government of Cambodia. I worked on wood energy issues (supply, exploitation, charcoal production, improved cookstoves, alternative energies, woodsheds delimitation, alternative supply chains, cooperatives, traceability etc.) In 2009 I moved to Morocco to disseminate the experiences gained in Asia. I chose independent consulting to deliver technical, methodological and strategic advices to private sector, NGO and donors in Africa, Asia and South America. I return 1 year in Cambodia to successfully run a reforestation project. Since 2013 I am based in Morocco with regular missions worldwide.