Dr Didier ZIDA from Burkina Faso has joined ILRI’s People Livestock and Environment Theme for a 6 months Post-doc funded by a DAAD scholarship. The aim of the Post-doc is to develop a rule based model and proto-type system allowing simulating the effects of grazing, fuel-wood collection and fire management on the vegetation physiognomy of two state forests in Burkina Faso.
He will be involved in on-site training in GIS and remote sensing techniques; developing a concept for a rule based model to forecast vegetation structure from the intensity of grazing, fire and fuel wood collection and formalizing the decision rules to implement this model based on knowledge from the experimental sites; implementation of this proto type model on the intensity of fire, livestock grazing and fuel wood collection and description of the proto type.
He will also support ILRI staff in implementing the project activities of the BMZ carbon management project in Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso, Didier works for the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA).
He completed his PhD at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on Forest Management in 2007.