Sidi Cheikh loves learning, nature and birds, somehow combining a career in public service, the GIS & Mapping industry with his pursuit of a PhD at the University of Groningen on seagrass dynamics! A meteorologist by training, he started his career in conservation when he joined Banc d’Arguin National Park in 2007 to work on a GIS project.

Sidi’s research is helping to put numbers on Banc d’Arguin’s total economic value. Knowing the carbon sequestration potential of its seagrass beds will open opportunities for ‘blue carbon’ investment and will support conservation. Uncovering the hidden treasure of Banc d’Arguin, has long motivated Sidi, whatever the challenges.

Profile photo: Antonio Araujo, MAVA Foundation