|Last Name: BONDO KAYEMBE|
First Name: SERGE ALEXIS
Date of Birth: 23/08/1983
Place of Birth: Kinshasa-DRC
Current Residence: Yaoundé-CAMEROON
I have an engineering degree in agricultural sciences and natural resource management from the University of Kinshasa, this has ushered me into public administration at the Ministry of Rural Development of the DRC, in the national urban horticulture department. I also spent time in an institution of higher education in a rural area located east of Kinshasa, where I was a research assistant. A consulting firm that conducts study on environmental and social impact was another stepping stone in my professional integration.
Your first impressions of the CSE:
The CSE is a very large family that includes young people from various backgrounds and therefore also sometimes from diametrically opposed cultures. Despite this reality, we have cultivated together values we like to call “solidarity factors”, including friendship, love, and mutual support especially for our individual weaknesses. These ties were equally consolidated through shared meals and shared rooms.
Why did you apply to the CSE?
To work towards the development of rural populations and the CSE gives me the necessary tools to achieve this goal.
Your dream job?
To become a Social Manager in a forestry, mining, or oil company or a Researcher in Social Forestry.
The person in this world you most admire and why?
Ingrid Betancourt: she spent six years as a hostage in a jungle and demonstrated enormous courage and fought until the end.
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
I would work to eradicate the injustice that rules the world.
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…
Three quarters of the Congo Basin’s population live, either directly or indirectly, from the forest, and yet this resource is irresponsibly exploited. That is to say that logging operations in most cases do not take into account the requirements of these populations, who are intimately linked to the forest by their cultures and also by their history to name only the social issues. There is also another evil that blights forest management, notably the environment.
And this requires the involvement of every world citizen capable of reacting or deciding on the survival of forest populations in the region of the Congo Basin and on the maintenance of the balance in the ecosystem that has been disturbed by logging that has not taken into consideration concepts of sustainable management.