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“A Paradigm Shift in Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation in Africa”

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In-person at Ingraham Hall Room 206 or via Zoom

Speaker: Médard Obiang Ebanega

Presentation Description

This lecture marks our desire to seek ways that will make the African continent more resilient to degradation of the environment and the loss of biodiversity observed. My presentation will be structured around four main points. Firstly, I will briefly define the key concepts of this contribution. Then I will draw up a succinct critical balance sheet of the environmental problems and the conservation of biodiversity in Africa. From this balance sheet, I will identify the prescriptions that are applied on the continent and those that do not produce the expected results. Those prescriptions even sometimes tend to amplify the problems. The last part of our presentation proposes alternative solutions to these approaches which, on a concrete field, mark their limits. In other words, we will suggest means to increase the resilience of the continent against environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity.

Field data collection campaign by a team of scientists in the mangroves of Libreville (Gabon). Photos: Médard OBIANG EBANEGA, 2017. MDMLERD Project (Modélisation de la Dynamique des Mangroves de Libreville et ses Environs et des Risques de leur Dégradation).






Médard Obiang Ebanega is a teacher and researcher at Omar Bongo University in the Department of Geography and Maritime Science in Libreville Gabon since 2005. Member of LAGRAC (Laboratoire de Géomatique de Recherche Appliquée et Conseils), he has published a book entitled “L’homme et la conservation de la nature: le Complexe d’Aires protégées de Gamba” and is a co-author of several articles on remote sensing, mangrove conservation, elephant conservation, air quality monitoring, waste management, land use and urban planning. He is also an environmental expert who has worked on a project to rehabilitate and build drainage canals in Port-Gentil, on a project to rehabilitate the greater Libreville drinking water network, and on various impact assessment projects. Member of OeL (Editions Oudjat en Ligne), he is also the founder and the president of We Need NGO since its creation in 2015. In December 2021, he became the first president of the Gabonese Environmental federation of NGOs named “OKIRI.”


April 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm