Yale in the Congo Basin

Yale Affiliates currently working on projects in the Congo Basin  include….

Heather Arrowood M.E.Sc. ‘09: Co-founder and Executive Director of OELO, a biodiversity conservation organization in Gabon. OELO leads programs in environmental education, sustainable fishing, community outreach, biodiversity research, and ecotourism. OELO also runs the community-based ecotourism site, Tsam Tsam, in the lake region of Gabon. See OELO’s website and facebook page here.

Dominique Bikaba M.E.M. ’14: Works in protected area management, Local and indigenous community livelihoods, Great ape conservation, Documentation of conservation traditional knowledge and land use and planning in community forests.  To learn more visit: www.strongrootscongo.org

Peter M. Umunay M.F.S.’14 PhD ‘19Through a combination of remote sensing and in-situ field data, Pater’s PhD research aims to respond to the challenges of designing scientifically credible and cost-effective landscape-scale monitoring system able to quantify, monitor and report carbon emissions from human-induced deforestation and forest degradation. The application of this work is to build a model that links activities causing forest and biodiversity lost to underlying drivers, and construct reference scenarios to determine the scope for emission reductions and develop relevant policies for climate mitigation mechanism such as REDD+.

Yale Students and Alumni who have previously worked on projects in the Congo Basin:


Albert Kwokwo Barume M.E.M. ‘15: Worked as Director of a law enforcement or legality verification project in logging operations in Cameroon, for over four years. This project was undertaken on behalf of the Government of Cameroon and funded by several of its key donors, including the World Bank, the European Union and the Government of Canada. Albert’s work consisted of undertaking investigation missions on logging sites, verifying logging companies’ tax records and devising training as well as awareness raising materials on illegal logging for various stakeholders. He worked also in DR Congo as Director of a DFID-funded project to draft a law on community forests, which was adopted in 2014.