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Francois Hiol Hiol is the Director of CRESA Forêt-Bois at the University of Dschang, Cameroon.

 

Dr. Francois Hiol Hiol is the coordinator and director of CRESA Forêt-Bois (Centre Régional d’Enseignements Spécialisé en Agriculture), a Francophone regional center for special education in forestry and agriculture with the University of Dschang and located in Yaoundé-Nkolbisson, Cameroon.

 

Dr. Hiol began to teach at the University of Dschang in 1985, after passing the entrance exam at the ENSA and winning the water engineering degree, forest and hunting. In 1989 he was awarded the Master of Science in Forestry at Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States and in 1999 earned his PhD at the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg in France with a specialty in watersheds. Between 2002 and 2004, Dr. Hiol worked with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) as the coordinator of the capacity building program of active civil society organizations in the forestry sector. From 2004 to 2006, he worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to lead conservation projects in the Mbam and Djerem national parks. From 2006 to 2007, he coordinated the Cameroon Forest Program for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). From 2008 to 2011, he worked for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) to serve as regional coordinator of the project “Promotion of sustainable management of African forests.” From 2011 to 2014, he supported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and continued to provide expertise to the Observatory of Central African Forests in the Executive Secretariat of the Commission forests of Central Africa (COMIFAC). Since 2014, Dr. Hiol has served as the Director for CRESA.