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Mainguet Monique

CSFD MEMBER
since 1997

Mainguet Monique

Geomorphologist—analysis and combatting the physical processes of land degrature in drylands: mainly wind erosion. Emeritus Professor of Universities Member of  “Institut Universitaire de France”.

                                   

URCA

Main activities

• From 1985 to 1989, Director of DC/Pac (Dersertification Control Programe Activity Center)
• At Unep Nairobi Kenya (Unité of Nations Environnement Programe)
• From 1985 à 2005 Creation and Direction of LGZD (Laboratory of Zonal geographie for Development) at Rheims University (France)
• Since 1997, member of French Scientific Committee on Desertification

Summary of relevant work experience

My experience in 1962 at Strasbourg University was a geomorphic stack to elaborate the first geomorphic maps in Latin America (Venezuela, Peru, Chile). Successively in the University of Paris 10 and in the University of Reims, I was involved in combating land degradation in the Sahel, south of Sahara, mainly the spatial damages gendered by wind erosion in the context of desertification.

Therefore, I created and assumed the Direction of “Laboratoire de Géographie Zonale pour le Development” (LGZD). I developed a synoptic model of Aeolian erosion (GWAS General Wind Action System at the scale of the whole desert for example Sahara and Regional Wind Action System (RWAS) at the scale on one country Egypt for example. Which were used in the implementation of strategies of development in Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger (with Gerdat). I have worked also on wind erosion in combination with other physical processes of degradation (water erosion) and human activities in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Tchad (with JGN).

I collaborate also with Institute Geographic National of Paris: training courses on remote sensing for developing countries of Africa, with FAO, UNDP and WMO lecturing on surfaces dynamics.

I was during 4 years director of DC/PAC/Desertification control, program activity centre) in UNEP. Presently, my main interest is the relationships between human pressures and physical factors of land degradation, the rural perceptive of land degradation and to apprehend the farmers and pastoralists answers vis-à-vis desertification.

During my whole professional activity, I served as a teacher in different levels of remote sensing and analysis of wind action and as an expert for the follow-up and appraisal of project of land degradation, soil protection and restauration = oasis, lughways airport etc, protection against sand encroach = ment, windbreaks, oherterbelts, dune fixation…

(Co-)author of the following CSFD document(s)


Fighting wind erosion

Dossier thématique du CSFD Issue 3 •2011

Fighting wind erosion

One aspect of the combat against desertification


Fighting wind erosion

CSFD Factsheet • 2007

Fighting wind erosion

One aspect of the combat against desertification


The African Great Green Wall project

CSFD Topical issue • 2012

The African Great Green Wall project

What advice can scientists provide?


The African Great Green Wall project

CSFD Topical issue  • 2011

The African Great Green Wall project

What advice can scientists provide? A summary of published results

(Co-)author of the following document(s)


Innovative answers to the erosive crisis in drylands

Article Members publications  • 2010

Innovative answers to the erosive crisis in drylands

Contact

CSFD
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Agropolis International
1000 avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier CEDEX 5 •  France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 44 • email: csfd@agropolis.fr




Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification

CSFD
Agropolis International
1000 avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier CEDEX 5 •  France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 44 • email: csfd@agropolis.fr