To avoid the usual financial difficulties of young biologists, I studied business informatics; and after months of measuring biomass of acacia trees in a Gum arabic plantation, I concluded with a Masters in Social Ecology.
I’m particularly interested in how nature conservation in Central Africa can give people stability and a future. I’ve spent most of the past decade collaboratively building up a conservation area in eastern Central African Republic.
We named it after the main river of the region, the Chinko. Today this reserve employs over 400 employees, and even though operational only since late 2014, already protects 2,000 sq km of the designated area of 19,000 sq km.
As co-founder of the project I co-managed the programme until the transition to African Parks Network. Since then, I have been supporting the project whenever the situation required, and will remain linked to it for quite some time.