IamA We are Dr. Glenn Bush and Melaine Kermarc of the Woods Hole Research Center. We work fighting deforestation and encouraging sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ask us Anything!
Since 2013 we have been working in the northern province of the DRC on a pilot REDD+ project called Project Equateur. Our project is based out of Mbandaka on the Congo River and we work with government officials, civil society, students as well as remote villages to find ways to build capacity and improve livelihoods while at the same time reducing deforestation.
Dr. Bush is an environmental economist who specializes in welfare economics, resource valuation, and environmental cost-benefit analysis. His work has focused on quantitative valuation of forest conservation strategies for forest-adjacent households, as well as the microeconomic and social determinants of forest conservation. Dr. Bush has previously worked in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia as a researcher, project manager, and consultant on natural resource management and conservation projects in the public and private sector. He has held positions with the UK Government Department for International Development, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He obtained his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, Wye College, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Stirling, UK.
Melaine Kermarc is development practitioner interested in environmental issues and sustainable development in a developing country context. He received his BS in ecology and population genetics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and then received a joint MSc from Trinity College and University College Dublin in Development Practice. Most of his work has been in Africa exploring payments for environmental services and he has been living in Mbandaka for the last three years. Both Dr. Bush and Mr. Kermarc were part of the DRC delegation last month at COP21.
Eva McNamara will be helping run the session. She holds an MSc from the University of Reading in Food Security and Development and a BA in Religious Studies from Smith College. She has worked with Project Equateur on and off for the last two years and spent the summer in Mbandaka doing research about tertiary education and environmental literacy for her dissertation.
9:12 AM: Ask us anything! We will be back around 9:45-10am to start answering questions.
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10:15 AM: We are here and answering questions!
12:44 PM: Taking a lunch break but we will be back in a couple hours. Thanks to everyone who's participated so far--we're having a lot of fun answering your questions.
2:55 PM: We're back!
Hi everyone, thanks for your questions--we're going to try to answer a few more tomorrow, but we had a great time and if you have anything else you'd like to ask us you can contact us through our facebook or through the WHRC website. Thanks again!