About This Course
Ecological monitoring is an essential component of protected areas’
adaptive management. It consists of monitoring the environment and
systematically gathering information over time to answer one or more
specific questions. It can also compare data on the protected area with
predetermined and specifics standards or with a state of reference
(number of animals of a given species at a specific time for instance)
or a desired state (what would be the climax state of the vegetation in
the absence of pressure?).
Ecological monitoring requires precise knowledge, techniques and data
processing methods. All this can be explained, learned and applied.
Following this 4-module MOOC, you will acquire a good basis on what
monitoring is and how it should be conducted. What is it meant for,
which methods and techniques should be chosen, why, how to implement
them? What are the statistical tools that you should know about to
implement a good monitoring? Finally, the course provides practical
examples of monitoring conducted in different environments and targeting
different species, going from theory to practice.
In order to follow the course properly, you should expect to invest about 5 hours per week/module.
Geoffroy Mauvais is a veterinarian specialized in the development and
management of protected areas in Africa. He has been coordinating the
Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation of the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Papaco) since
2006. After 6 years in Ouagadougou and 3 in Nairobi, he is now based
in Johannesburg, South Africa. Papaco's objective is to improve the
governance and management of the continent's protected areas, in order
to contribute to better conservation of biodiversity. It is therefore
aimed both at preserving species and at maintaining ecosystems and all
their functions. It also focuses on the sustainable use of this
biodiversity, when it strengthens conservation and is possible to
achieve in a sustainable manner. Therefore, it seeks to promote a
reasonable use of natural resources adressing the best balance between
conservation and valorisation, and a fair distribution of benefits,
whatever they may be, at the local level, national level or further.
To achieve this, Papaco works primarily on sites and networks
assessments, technical support and information for managers, and
training of staff and partners in parks and reserves. He joined EPFL
in the course of 2015 to develop MOOC programs and other scientific
activities in this area.
Béatrice Chataigner is a veterinarian and joined IUCN-Papaco in 2009.
After 5 years in West Africa, she now lives in Kenya where she is,
between other things, in charge of Protected Areas management
effectiveness assessments, in particular of the Green List in Africa.
She teaches various courses of the University Diploma and the Master
developed by Papaco.
Victor M. Panaretos
Professor Victor M. Panaretos holds the Chair of Mathematical
Statistics at the EPFL. He completed his undergraduate studies in
mathematics and statistics in Athens and Dublin. He then received his
PhD in 2007 from the University of California at Berkeley, for which
he was awarded the Erich Lehmann Award. He is an elected member of the
International Statistical Institute, the recipient of an ERC Starting
Grant Award, and a member of the editorial board of several journals.
Emmanuel Midibahaye Hema
Emmanuel Midibahaye HEMA is a water and forestry engineer, has a PhD
in applied sciences of animal biology and ecology. He is a researcher
at the Centre Universitaire Polytechnique de Dédougou/Université Ouaga
1 J. KI-ZERBO in Burkina Faso, a visiting professor at Senghor
University of Alexandria and an associate researcher at the Institute
for Development, Ecology, Conservation and Cooperation (IDECC, in
Italy). Dr. HEMA now has 17 years of field experience in both forest
and savannah and in the West African Sahel. He participated to the
training of many students and professionals in the conservation and
management of PAs in Africa and is the author of nearly 40 articles
and reports on scientific research, in particular in the field of
ecological monitoring of fauna in protected areas.
Inza Koné is a Primate Conservation Biologist. He is a Senior
lecturer at the Faculty of Biosciences of the University Félix
Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Director of Research and
Development at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte
d’Ivoire. He is the coordinator of the Work Group on ecological
biomonitoring in the protected areas of Côte d’Ivoire. His current
work focuses on the management of natural resources and the
conservation of large mammal species, especially primates in a