Profession and Appointment

Professor of University - First Chair Holder of UNESCO Integrated coastal and Marine Cluster in University CAD - Dakar.

Senior Officer in UNEP, as Head of Ecosystems Section - Scientific Assessment Branch - DEWA - UNEP - Nairobi - Kenya.

Honours and Degrees

1. Blaise Diagne High School (Dakar, Senegal )- Bachelor -1971

2. University of Dakar (Senegal) - Licence and Master - 1974 & 1975

3. University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France)

  • D.E.A (Physical Geography) - 1976
  • Doctorate of 3rd cycle (Coastal Geomorphology); Sept.1978
  • State Doctorate (Physical Geography/Coastal Geomorphology) - Dec.1986

Professional, Academic and Scientifc Societies:

  • 1981-1986: President of ASEQUA - Senegalese Association for African Quaternary Study ; now Honorary President; Faculty of Sciences, University CAD of Dakar.
  • President of EPEEC - (Pluridisciplinary Team of Coastal Ecosystems Study), University CAD of Dakar.
  • Founding member of TECASEN TEAM (Remote Sensing, Cartography and Management of Senegal), Department of Geography/Dakar.
  • President of the Natural Sciences Commission : National Commission of Unesco, Dakar, Senegal; Head of the Senegalese Delegation to Natural Sciences Commission III of 28th and 29th UNESCO General Conference - Paris, Oct 1995 and Nov.1997.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the I.G.C.P./I.U.G.S. (International Geological Correlation Programme/International Union for Geological Sciences, Unesco, Earth Science Division) From 1982 to 1988.
  • President of ICQUA/INQUA (Inter-congress Committee for the Quaternary of Africa/of the International Union for Quaternary Study); from 1985 to 1987.
  • Member of the Special Committee IGBP/ICSU (International Geosphere/Biosphere Programme of the International Council of Scientific Unions - "Global Change Programme"; 1987 to 1990.
  • Member of the UNEP/UNESCO Task Team on the "Impact of Expected Climatic Change on Mangroves"; since June 1992-1994.
  • Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISRA (Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research); since November 1991
  • ISME life Member, ISME council Member and ISME Vice-Chair (ISME/International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems) based in Okinawa, Japan.
  • Member of the National IGBP Committe of Senegal since Feb. 1994.
  • Working Group Chairman of UNEP's Washington Conference on Pollution from Land-based sources - Oct/Nov 1995.
  • Member of the national Experts group for the Monography and Biodiversity Strategy of Senegal- Ministrtyof the Environment and the Protectionof Nature - 1996.
  • Chairman of the Experts Meeting on Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands (CSI); Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, 25-27 November 1996.
  • Member of the IPCC Working Group II on impacts of Climate Change on African coastal regions and marine resources, appointed in January 1997.
  • Member of the Experts Group on "marine and coastal biological diversity" CBD and The Jakarta Mandate; appointed in February 1997.
  • Member of the national Experts group for the National Environmental Action Plan of Senegal - Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of Nature - 1997.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Wetlands Ecology and Management Journal- Kluwer Academic Publishers - Dordrecht/Boston/London.
  • Member NEPAD Water Task Team for the creation of Centers of Excellencies on water sciences and technology; 2005-2006.
  • Chair, United nations Joint Appeals Board - United Nations Office in Nairobi; from 2005 to 2007.
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences and Techniques - Senegal; since February 2006; appointed as Bureau Member, President of the Commission Communication, Media and Publications, from 2016 to 2019.
  • Member of The African Academy of Science (ASS) - based in Nairobi, Kenya; Dec 2009.
  • President of ISME (International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems) based in Okinawa, Japan; from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2011.
  • Member of 10th Term of the Scientific Committee of International Lake Environment Committee Foundation based in Shiga, Japan; from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2013.
  • Member of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the Advancement of Sciences in the Developing Countries - Oct 2010.
  • Vice-President of ILEC (International Lakes Environment Committee Foundation), since Nov. 2016. ILEC's Headquarters are in Japan, in Shiga. for more details on ILEC, kindly visit ILEC website at:

Biographical information (including statement of qualifications and principal grounds on which the proposal is made):

E. Salif Diop is a member of various expert and working-groups, including numerous Scientific and Research Institutions. As such he spent his first Sabbatical Year as Senior Fulbright Fellow in USA at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1986/1987.

He has more than 60 referred publications with 6 Books as main author and co-author.

Over 140 publications can be added to his own list as technical documents, research work, monographs, thesis, abstracts and book reviews.