Jean-Paul Kibambe Lubamba started his career as a teaching assistant at the University of Kinshasa where he obtained a B.S. in agronomic engineering, with a specialization in natural resources management. He worked for the Observatoire Satellital des ForÍts d’Afrique Centrale (OSFAC) as a Project Officer and GIS and Remote Sensing Trainer. He also worked for the Observatoire des ForÍts d’Afrique Centrale (OFAC) as a Manager of Geographic Information Systems. Then he was awarded with a grant from the Belgian Cooperation to complete a Masters of Sciences in biological, agronomic, and environmental engineering at the UniversitÈ catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. After his Masters studies, he received a PhD grant from UCL to undertake his doctoral thesis which was completed in July, 2013. This thesis was entitled “Monitoring the Forest Cover Loss in Democratic Republic of the Congo – Methods Development and Application at National Scale”.
Jean-Paul’s topics of research interests include land-use and-cover change monitoring from satellite Earth observation, GIS-based nationwide and landscape-scale land-use planning, spatial distribution of the human population, rural agriculture development, suitability analyses using GIS, spatial accessibility issues in coarse transportation network contexts, road construction and rehabilitation impacts, forest cover loss analysis modeling and terrestrial arbon accounting. Since 2014, Jean-Paul works for the Wildlife Conservation Society in DRC where he coordinates the activities related to Climate Change and REDD+ and Earth observation through remote sensing. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Kinshasa where he teaches GIS and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Agronomy, and he is also the DRC focal point to UNFCCC for the National DRC FREL development.