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UCLA to Host Grand Rounds Lecture with Forestry and Conservation Expert

Dr. Zac Tchoundjeu, founder of the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences in Yaoundé, Cameroon, will present aDr. Zac Tchoundjeu Public Health Grand Rounds lecture titled 1994-2017: More Than 20 Years of Passion for Agroforestry Reduction in West and Central Africa” on June 6 from 12-1 pm PST at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

[Photo: Dr. Zac Tchoundjeu]

During the lecture, Dr. Tchoundjeu will discuss how he uses vegetative propagation techniques to multiply and improve high-value indigenous fruit trees and medicinal plants in West and Central Africa. He and colleagues have helped thousands of farmers diversify their crops, which not only helps increase the famers’ income sources, but also helps maintain the biodiversity that is being threatened by rampant deforestation.

Dr. Tchoundjeu, who holds a PhD in forestry from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, is former regional director for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) for West and Central Africa. In 2012, he received a National Geography/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation for the key role he played in protecting the Congo Basin forests in Central Africa.

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