Christo FABRICIUS and Camille JAHEL in Angers in September 2019

Thanks to the 2019 MIR grant (International mobility for research) of the University of Angers, CASEST is pleased to welcome Christo Fabricius and Camille Jahel at the LETG-Angers laboratory in September 2019.


Christo Fabricius (WWF international/Nelson Mandela University, South Africa) came to Angers from August 25th to September 15th.
This period was used to advance three projects in close collaboration with Julien Blanco, Beatriz Bellón, Camille Jahel and Pierre-Cyril Renaud:

  • Finalize the response to the “starting grant” ERC call for tender filed by Julien Blanco. This project will work on the influence of negative and positive contributions of nature on the decision-making of actors.
  • Work on the implementation of the data analysis strategy of the Brazilian website.
  • Participate in the article presenting the conceptual direction of the CASET project.

Camille Jahel (CIRAD, Senegal) came to Angers from August 28th to September 13.
This period was used to work with Beatriz Bellón on the implementation of the multi-agent model that will allow to test different scenarios of landscape evolution around the National Park da Serra da Bodoquena. Camille was able to train Beatriz to master the platform “OCELET” and to write multi-agent models. First rules of decision were coded.

CASEST also took advantage of their presence to organize two conferences dedicated to biodiversity.

From conflict to co-existence:

Re-thinking our connection to nature in a changing world

By Christo Fabricius (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, WWF International)
Monday,  September 9th , 2019 at 5:30 pm
At the Faculty of Science (Amphi D)
Free entry.

Everyone is becoming more aware of the threats of climate change, land transformation, unsustainable use and pollution to nature. Evidence of the decline in nature’s benefits to people and the threats to good quality of life is now more convincing than ever. Investments in conservation projects and research has increased sharply over the past decade.

This, recent reports provide worrying evidence of loss of nature and its impacts on humans and links to climate change. To reverse these trends demands fundamental and radical change in ecosystem connectivity, societal networks, and human-nature connections.

In this seminar I will talk about social-ecological connectedness as leverage points for positive action towards a more sustainable planet.

Evolution of rural territories: Do the models allow us to explore the future?

Évolution des territoires agraires : Les modèles permettent-ils d’explorer l’avenir ?

By Camille Jahel (Cirad, Sénégal) and Beatriz Bellón (University of Angers, France).
Thursday,  September 11th , 2019 at 5:00 pm
At the Faculty of Science (Amphi D)
In French – Free entry.

Les paysages ruraux sont constamment transformés par des activités humaines, des processus naturels en évolution et les multiples interactions entre eux. Mesurer l’ampleur de ces transformations et comprendre les processus à l’origine s’avère nécessaire pour pouvoir anticiper l’état futur des territoires et estimer leur impact sur les dynamiques de la biodiversité et l’accès aux ressources naturelles par les populations.

Les images issues des capteurs embarqués à bord des satellites d’observation de la Terre, combinées à la modélisation des dynamiques spatiales, ouvrent des perspectives innovantes pour révéler les causes de ces changements et simuler des scénarios futurs.

Nous présenterons des exemples de ces approches mixtes et leur application à partir des cas d’étude africains, au Burkina Faso et au Brésil.


@ Simon Taugourdeau

Ces innovations scientifiques visent à répondre aux besoins de planification et gestion de l’utilisation des ressources et de l’espace pour mieux confronter les défis futurs et évoluer vers des paysages fonctionnels conciliant la biodiversité et le bien-être humain.

How to come to the Faculty of Sciences

The best way to come to the University (Faculty of Sciences) from the city center is  to take  the bus n°1 until the stop « Restau U. »

(also possible to reach the University Belle Beille by bus n° 4 or 6 stop « ESSCA »)

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