d’Ingénieur d’études en modélisation des interactions économie-biodiversité

Study engineer in the modelling of economic-biodiversity interactions

[CDD 2 years] Study engineer in the modelling of economic-biodiversity interactions

Contact: Rémi Prudhomme

Conditions:

Duration of the position: 24 mois

Starting date of the position: courant octobre 2022

Remuneration: Based on Agropariestech wage grid

Main location: CIRED – Nogent-sur-Marne

Secondary location: CIRED – Montpellier

Supervision : Harold Levrel, Rémi Prudhomme et Frédéric Ghersi

Candidature :

Lettre de motivation et CV à envoyer à Harold Levrel, Rémi Prudhomme et Frédéric Ghersi.

Job description:

The person recruited will work in the framework of a partnership between CIRED and the French Development Agency on an analysis of the links between biodiversity conservation issues and development objectives in Senegal. This work will result in a modelling exercise that will require several steps. An adjustment of the existing input-output matrices in Senegal will be carried out. The objective of representing the Senegalese economy in the form of an input-output matrix is to be able to evaluate the effects of the growth of these branches/products both from the point of view of the value chain generated and from that of substitutions with other branches/products. This will also make it possible to take stock of the quality of the data available to establish the technical coefficients.

The objective is then to evaluate the impacts of certain biodiversity conservation policies on “traditional” economic sectors, but also to integrate the effects of the appearance of new sectors such as ecological restoration and agroecology.

Indeed, it is likely that products and industries will be developed thanks to the large-scale ecological restoration programs that are being carried out with investments in the planting of thousands of trees (Great Green Wall aimed at reducing the advance of the desert and limiting soil erosion) and in the restoration of coastal habitats (World Bank’s WACA project).

Furthermore, the enthusiasm of public authorities and many development actors in Senegal for agroecology makes this approach a promising alternative to industrial agriculture. Although the way in which it is represented is still under discussion, it will be integrated into the input-output matrices to study its impacts on the environment and the Senegalese economy.

This work will be coupled with an analysis of the impacts of human activities on biodiversity in Senegal. Land use, agricultural intensification, local pollution (nitrogen pollution) and diffuse pollution (greenhouse gas emissions), urbanisation and extractive activities are expected to be included in the analysis. This analysis will make it possible to define the pressure factors on biodiversity. Economic data will then be hybridized with biophysical data on pressure on biodiversity in order to assess the impacts of the Senegalese economy on biodiversity. In particular, land use and, in particular, the various agricultural and forestry practices, through their exploitation areas, are strong determinants of biodiversity and will be the subject of a specific analysis. The fisheries, transport and construction sectors (surface artificialisation), energy and heavy industry are also potential objects of study.

Prerequisites

Master’s degree in modelling, economics or engineering science.

Prerequisites

Ability to model biophysical and macroeconomic processes. Programming skills would be a plus.

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