Last name: NAKUNA TSALA
First Name: Arlette Marlyse
Date of Birth: February 15, 1985
Place of Birth: Edéa
Current Residence: Yaoundé
I started with agronomic studies and went on to specialize in economics and rural sociology at the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, University of Dschang (Cameroon). My first professional experience was in 2005 as an intern in a forest zone in southern Cameroon. My passion for working with rural communities dates back to the holidays I spent in my village. It is therefore not by chance that I want to work in forest zones.
Your first impressions of the CSE:
My first few days at CES made me realize that this program is truly intended for future experts. One speaker, Jerome Lewis, teaches a breathtaking class. Thankfully, I had prepared myself mentally. My bones are not rusty yet, but believe me, this course is intended for the young!
Why did you apply to the CSE?
I applied to this program because it allows me to position myself as an actor between lumber companies and local communities. The CSE provides a curriculum that offers students the opportunity to acquire the best tools for working in forest areas and to understand the dynamics that are currently involved in the exploitation of forests in the Congo Basin.
Your dream job?
My dream job is to be project manager.
The person in this world you most admire and why?
The person I admire most in the world is my father who taught me his noble values (respect, discipline, punctuality, and pride in a job well done).
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
If I were to change something in the world, I would reduce injustice to the poor.
A message to the visitors of the Fondation Chirac’s website to help them understand the issues surrounding the forests of the Congo Basin and the populations that live there…
Forests in the Congo Basin are much coveted due to political, ecological, economic, and socio-cultural issues. Threats to the forest are also numerous: illegal logging, poaching, conflicts with inhabitants. Faced with these threats, we must find solutions that promote the sustainable use of forest resources.