First Researchers’ Mini Seminar: Youssoufa ISSIAKA, Universite Abdou Moumouni, Republic of Niger

Mr. Issiaka, researcher from Niger, making his presentation at WARC.The first in WARC’s new program of mini-seminars featured a magnificent presentation by WARC Travel Grant Awardee, Youssoufa Issiaka of Niger, on January 31st, 2006. Mr. Issiaka spoke on the importance of humid zones for migratory birds of Eurasia and Africa , with particular reference to “W” National Park in Niger. ( “W” Park is located along the bend in the Niger River and spans the borders of three countries, Niger , Burkina Faso, and Benin. The part of ‘W’ National Park that lies in Niger is situated in a transition zone between savannah and forest lands and represents important ecosystem characteristics of the West African Woodlands/Savannah Biogeographical Province).

Participants in the first researchers' mini-seminar. Mr. Issiaka is at the back center.In addition to Professor Ibrahima Seck (History, UCAD), who had organized the seminar; Professor Sene (WARC director); and various WARC staff and researchers, the session was attended by three major specialists in the area: Professor Alioune Kane (Geography, UCAD); Cheikh Hamallah Diagana, Biodiversity Specialist from Wetlands International; Elhadji Sene, former Director of the Senegalese National Forestry Commission and former Director of Natural Resources at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO, Rome). The exchanges were extremely knowledgeable and professional.

Professeur Alioune Kane of the Geography department and WARC Director Ousmane Sene listen with interest to Mr. Issiaka's presentation.Mr. Diagana of Wetlands International (left) and Mr. ElHadji M. Sene, Consultant, Hylea International attend the mini-seminarAs we move forward, we hope to host many more such seminars, featuring the work of WARA/WARC grantees and researchers affiliated to WARC. We look forward in April to a seminar featuring the work of Nigerian grantee, Peter Apata Olubambi. Olubambi, a metallurgical engineer, will be speaking on his research. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa. Also in the spring, another WARA grantee, Rebecca Golden, will present on her ongoing research on conflict in the Niger Delta region. We are grateful to Professor Ibrahima Seck for his work in organizing these sessions.