Dr. Idrissa Semde
Nationality: Burkina Faso
Institution: Ministry of Environment, Burkina Faso
Dr. Idrissa SEMDE has been an executive of the Ministry in charge of the environment of Burkina Faso since 1996 specifically at the permanent secretariat of the national council for sustainable development. Dr SEMDE led the greenhouse gas inventories in the waste sector in 1997 and 2007 and participated in the development of the first and second national communication on greenhouse gas emissions. He was from 2014 to 2016 the national focal point of the convention on climate change, led the development and validation of the NAP in 2015, also led the development of Burkina Faso's first NDC as national focal point. In 2017, Dr SEMDE led Burkina Faso's first biennial report and in 2021, he was asked to review the NDC and the NAP. In addition, Dr. SEMDE received training from the GIZ for the development of municipal climate adaptation plans and he has developed 20 municipal plans. He has also coordinated several climate change adaptation projects in Burkina Faso. In addition to climate, Dr. SEMDE works in the fields of pollution management and environmental assessments. At the international level, Dr SEMDE is a member of the LDC experts group for climate adaptation from 2015 to now and a French-speaking rapporteur. He has solid experience in project preparation and management, as well as resource mobilization at national and sub-national levels, including capacity building of local structures on environment, natural resources and climate change management. Dr SEMDE holds a doctorate in environmental science and technology from the Aube Nouvelle University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), an engineering degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Algeria, a Master of Sciences in Plans and Projects for Third World Cities at the University of Italy, a Master of Science in Sustainable Mine Management at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a Master of Science in Climate Change at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
Relevant skills on climate change adaptation:
Capacity building of actors on adaptation to climate change; Vulnerability assessment; Environmental planning; Project preparation and management.