Dr. Martial Amou

Martial is a PlanAdapt Fellow, based in Cotonou, Benin.

Martial is a climate change expert and researcher with more than 9 years of in-depth research and hands-on experience in climate change science and politics (vulnerability & risk, adaptation & mitigation, negotiations & policies) across environmental, agricultural, water, and sustainability sectors at national and international levels. He is currently a national expert – MRV specialist in the FAO Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) project, funded by the GEF. Martial’s research focus includes adaptation & resilience, risk & vulnerability, disaster risk reduction & nature-based solutions. He has recently been more attracted to climate action and policy impact-led research and expertise.

Since 2021, Martial has been working with the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development in Benin as a consultant. His main responsibilities ad achievements include technical assistance, expert services provision and contribution to activities related to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), National Communication on Climate Change Adaptation. As a representative of his country, he has participated in several international and regional meetings such as UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) and Subsidiary Bodies meetings (SBs), Climate Commission for Sahel Region (CCRS), West African region Climate Smart Agriculture Program of CORAF, etc.

Martial is the author of several scientific papers, especially on heatwaves and flood hazards and adaptation. During his PhD thesis stay at the Climate Change Lab of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), he worked on the Development Corridor Partnership (DCP) project of UNEP-WCMC in Kenya as a researcher in charge of climate scenarios and adaptation pathways analysis in Kenya. He has also participated in the carbon-neutral tea value chains pilot project funded by FAO in China as well as a pioneering carbon credit accounting project of grasslands in Inner Mongolia.

He holds a PhD in Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and an MSc in Climate Change and Human Security from the University of Lome. Previously, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Economics.

For more info, see Martial’s Linkedin page and ResearchGate profile.