Eric BAYALA holds a Master’s degree in Geography (option Rural Geography) from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a Master’s degree in Development (option Protected Area Management) from Senghor University of Alexandria (Egypt). He works in the territorial development sector where he deals with socio-economic and environmental issues related to natural resource governance. He coordinated and monitored the implementation of the “Consolidation of Local Environmental Governance” Project in north-central Burkina Faso, before joining the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change as an environmental inspector.
Eric BAYALA is now a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam where he is affiliated with the Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). His research topic is about community engagement in landscape governance and prospects for operationalizing an integrated landscape approach in northern Ghana. He is particularly interested in the decision-making process in CREMAs (Community Resource Management Areas), the perceptions of local stakeholders and multi-stakeholder platforms.