Fidèle Gautier AHOUNAN and Lazare TIA, Côte d'Ivoire


Hello, my name is Fidèle Gautier AHOUNAN. I was born and I grew up in Côte d’Ivoire. At the moment, I live in Abidjan, the economical capital of the country. I started university studies in 2007 at the Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT),  Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, after passing the baccalaureate degree in mathematics. From that year on, my specialization line is geography and environmental management based on geo-informatics technologies. Consequently, I am seriously involved in Master studies with a particular emphasis on GIS and remote sensing courses at the university. With my involvement in the MyCOE Program, I wish to acquire new skills in geo-informatics techniques for a good scientific career for sustainable development research. 

During my spare time, I like to watch National Geographic channel and listen to music. I also spend time exchanging with friends about spiritual issues of life.

Additionally to my university studies, I am involved in extra activities with AIESEC.

I am Lazare TIA, born in Côte d'Ivoire.
I obtained my PhD degree in Natural Science at the University of Bonn (Germany). From then on, I am Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT) - Felix Houphouet-Boigny University (Côte d'Ivoire); Associate Researcher and Head of GIS Lab. at the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS).

Educational background: Geography, Geomatics (GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, Cartography), Natural Resources Management, Vegetation water use, Climate change...
Research Activities: My current major research line is based on the use of geo-spatial data and environment related information to address issues related to environmental surveillance, climate change effects mitigation, food security, sustainable agriculture, ecohealth, natural hazards, land cover and land use dynamics... and  the development of sound decision support systems for quick and expert decision-making.

Networking Activities: I am General Coordinator of GeoS-NetAfrica (African Experts Network for Environmental Surveillance). GeoS-NetAfrica seeks to contribute to strengthening capacities and to create platforms for the acquisition, harmonization, valorization and sharing of geo-spatial data for decision-making related to environmental monitoring in Africa. Consequently, it sets up GEONETCast reception stations for the dissemination of satellite-based data, images and products in near real-time, in Africa. It also encourages the development of Master programmes based on geoinformatics related environmental management and surveillance. For the moment, GeoS-NetAfrica is represented in 11 African countries.

Outreach Activities: Chairman of the NGO International Calice (
International calice aims mainly at contributing (i) to the sustainable environment management and surveillance, (ii) to the determination of appropriate instruments and mechanisms for supporting adaptation to climate change impacts, (iii) to promote eco-innovations, e-infrastructures, capacity building, etc.
MyCOE Outcome: With the knowledge acquired from the MyCOE workshop:
- Fidele and I will go through the GeosWomAgri Project to address research questions related to the use of geospatial data to support women and sustainable agriculture under climate change conditions in Northern Cote d'Ivoire.
- Fidele and I will also help the NGO International Calice and GeoS-NetAfrica (i) to develop capacity building programs (in GIS, remote sensing, GPS) from the results and benefits of the MyCOE / SERVIR program in order to train 150 Master students of the Institute of Tropical Geography - Felix Houphouet-Boigny University; (ii) to sensitize rural communities about the use of research outputs for the development of a sustainable agriculture, etc.
Technical Skills:
- Installation and configuration of Satellite reception station (GEONETCast,;
- Installation and configuration of Microclimate station (Weather station).
fidele gautier ahounan,
Jul 30, 2013, 2:02 AM