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.
A tropical forest engineer, Maden started to work on forest and climate change issues in 2008, supporting the European experts’ group on forest carbon sinks and climate negotiations during the 6 months of the French presidency of the European Union. He then worked for another six months on the ground, in order to promote water and land conservation management for the benefit of a rural community in Senegal. Later, he joined the Directorate of forest and climate change within the ONFI, as a REDD+ expert. He held this position for three years, working in both Africa and Southeast Asia to support the development of REDD+ Strategies and National Climate Plans, to design forestry projects aiming at combating climate change (REDD+, CDM, VCS etc.), to develop monitoring, reporting and verification systems (MRV) of forest carbon stocks, and to model deforestation processes. More generally, he carried out environmental and socio-economic assessments, the design of rural development projects, as well as diverse assignments in the areas of forest management, wood energy and agriculture. He has been an associate expert with SalvaTerra since September 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.
Tropical agronomist engineer, graduated in 2007 (SupAgro Montpellier), I was initially specialized in tropical and Mediterranean breeding (pastoralism, dairy farming). I expanded my skills in several areas of rural development in southern countries, including sustainable climate-smart agriculture: agro-ecology, agroforestry, watershed protection, agriculture / livestock integration, etc. Multi-skilled, flexible and speaking French, English, Spanish and Malagasy, I have nearly twelve years of experience abroad, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, but also in South America and East Africa. I worked 5 years as a technical assistant in Madagascar, first on a project contributing to build the milk value chain, then on the promotion of agro-ecology and watershed protection, supporting and advising small holder’s farmers. Between 2013 and 2017, I carried out consultancy missions (within the consulting firms ICI then SHER in Burkina Faso, but also as independent), for various international institutions and NGOs, in different African countries, on the following themes: livestock, agriculture, fisheries, environment and natural resources management. Between 2013 and 2017, I also worked as a graphic designer and I offered my dual expertise (agro-illustrator) for the original creation of communication and training materials in rural development. Since 2018, I am expert in agriculture, forestry, environment and rural development within SalvaTerra.
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.
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.