Serge Osudu Omba is a project manager with Conservation International in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His current project focuses on developing a community-based conservation concession model. As part of the project, Serge carries out field surveys to generate knowledge of the natural resources available in a region and helps stakeholders set up sustainable management options such as participatory mapping and micro zoning. He is also in charge of negotiating local conservation agreements with local communities and other stakeholders, such as local and regional governments, for establishing PES mechanisms and reducing costs.
Serge has over 16 years of professional experience in different domains and organizations related to sustainable development. He has over 5 years of experience developing, leading and evaluating community development and poverty alleviation programs with NGOs. He has also worked in the public health sector as a project manager of research projects where he managed diverse project teams. He has worked for the IUCN regional and national office as project manager for great apes conservation and policies and environmental legislation for the central and west Africa.
Serge is keen to learn tools that will help him conduct more effective policy analysis, strengthen community engagement in conservation projects and effectively handle conflicts. By attending the ELP, Serge looks forward to learn more about environmental management tools, strengthen his leadership and communication skills and build a professional network across the world that can help him address environmental challenges in his country.