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Tenekwetche Sop, PhD

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
04103 Leipzig 

phone: +49 341 3550 209
email: tenekwetche_sop@~@eva.mpg.de



I am an ecologist and GIS analyst, with extensive knowledge in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and management of biodiversity, impacts of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystems services, restoration of degraded ecosystems, ethnobotany and tree population dynamics of key multipurpose species in West Africa.
My background includes a PhD and a Master in Ecology from the University of Hamburg, a Master degree in Botany from the University of Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.
My desire to work at the science-policy interface led me to join the MPI-EVA in April 2014, as Data manager of the IUCN SSC A.P.E.S database (http://apesportal.eva.mpg.de)

My main duties include:

  • Data request, acquisition, storage and analysis to inform policy on great ape conservation
  • Trend analysis of great ape populations in the frame of the IUCN SSC periodic assessment
  • Data/metadata management and analysis (data quality assurance; data integration, standardization and normalization
  • Extensive communication with the IUCN SSC SGA, conservation organizations, researchers and policy makers
  • Reporting, networking and outreach activities
  • Contribution to scientific papers

Regional expertise

West, Central and Southern Africa

Languages skills

French, English, German, Pidgin-English, Bamougoum, Bassa, Bambara (work in progress)

Memberships in scientific organizations

  • African Forest Forum (AFF)
  • DesertNet International
  • German Society of Botany (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft e.V)
  • International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS)
  • Forestry Research Network Association in Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA)
  • Cameroon Ethnobotany Network (CEN)
  • Member of Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO – BON), Working Group no III: Terrestrial Ecosystems Change


Articles in Web of Science (Peer-reviewed Journals)
  • Sop TK and Oldeland J (2013). Local perceptions of woody vegetation dynamics in the context of a “greening Sahel”: A case study from Burkina Faso. Land Degradation & Development 24:511-527.
  • Sop TK, Oldeland J, Bognounou F, Schmiedel U and Thiombiano A (2012). Ethnobotanical knowledge and valuation of woody plants species: A comparative analysis of three ethnic groups from the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso. Manuscript for Environment, Development & Sustainability 14(4): 627-649.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10668-012-9345-9
  • Sop TK, Kagambega FW, Bellefontaine R, Schmiedel U and Thiombiano A (2012). Effects of organic amendment on early growth performance of Jatropha curcas L. on a severely degraded site in the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso. Agroforest Syst 86: 387–399.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10457-011-9421-4
  • Sop TK, Oldeland J, Schmiedel U, Ouedraogo I and Thiombiano A (2011). Population structure of three woody species in four ethnic domains of the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso. Land Degradation & Development 22 (6): 519–529.
    DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1026
  • Traoré L, Sop TK, Dayamba SD, Traoré S., Hahn-Hadjali K and Thiombiano A (2013). Do protected areas really work to conserve species? A case study of three vulnerable woody species in the Sudanian zone of Burkina Faso. Environment Development and Sustainability 15 15, pp 663-686.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10668-012-9399-8
  • Salfo Savadogo, TK Sop and A. Thiombiano. Impact of Ethnicity on the sacralisation and totemisation of plants in Burkina Faso: Effects on biodiversity conservation. Manuscript for Human Ecology
Grey Literature (Thesis and reports)
  • Sop TK (2011). Diversity of the Woody Plants of the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso: Assessment, Land-use Patterns, Land Degradation and Perspectives for Restoration - Under consideration of local knowledge. Ph. D. Dissertation. University of Hamburg.
  • Sop TK (2005). Analysis of the patterns of phytodiversity along environmental and land use gradients in Soebatsfontein (Namaqualand), South Africa. Diplomarbeit Fachbereich Biologie, Universität Hamburg.
  • Sop TK (2002). Obstacles to transborder cooperation between neighboring communities in the frame of cross-border projects to combat desertification: Case of the cooperation between the countries of the CILSS (Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel) and the AMU (Arab Maghreb Union). Praktikumsbericht, UNCCD Sekretariat in Bonn und die GTZ (Oktober – Dezember 2002).
Conference Proceeding
  • N. Abdu, R. Ako, J. Backhaus, L. Bergset, J. Bezerra, I. Bobojonov, V. Borges,N. Cakirli Akyüz, D. Callo-Concha, R. Castro, G. Cundill, R. Drees, […] T. Sop, N. Tephnadze, F. Tietze, I. Tlili, X. Wang, S. Yazid, A. Young, F. Putter (2012). White Paper of the Winter School on Limits to Growth Revisited VolkswagenStiftung2012
  • Sop TK, Oldeland J, Schmiedel U, Ouedraogo I and Thiombiano A. (2010). Population dynamics of Balanites aegyptiaca and Acacia seyal in the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso. 9th International Meeting on Vegetation Databases: Vegetation Databases and Climate Change, Hamburg, Germany
  • Sop, Oldeland and Schmiedel: (2013). Local Knowledge of Agroforestry-Based Livelihood Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change and Climate Variability across the Agro-Ecological Zones of Burkina Faso. Selection Conference of the Volkswagen Foundation in Ouagadougou, 1-5 June 2013.