Holds (B.Sc. (Hons) BOTANY, M.Sc. Silviculture and Forest Biology, PhD Forest Policy, Administration and Management)
Dr. Adegboyega Ayodeji OTESILE holds PhD in Forest Policy, Administration and Management from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and M.Sc. in Silviculture and Forest Biology from the same University. He is currently based in Sierra Leone and providing technical assistance and knowledge transfer services in the Njala University, Sierra Leone. He has 17 years of experience working in the field of forest management, land use and plantation development. Research interests include but not limited to; community land use and land use change, climate-smart studies on green infrastructure development and bio-energy, rural livelihoods and green economy. He was recently involved in the Commercial Plantation Forest Industry Investment Plan Studies in Sierra Leone and the Evaluation of Sierra Rutile Limited Land Rehabilitation; and Tree Crops Nursery Project. In addition to these, as a prolific scholar and a published author, he has also conducted some other research on related topics; and published as scientific reports and articles in conference proceedings, newsletters and in peer-reviewed international journals. A few of these are itemized below:
Articles in Learned Journals, Book of Abstracts and Technical reports etc.
(i). Otesile, A.A., Fayiah, M.F., Mattia, S. B., and Barrie, A. (2017).Value chain analysis of forest wood products; Published in Van Sangyan, Vol. 4, No. 12; Published by Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, MP, India
(ii). Otesile A. A., Bakarr I., Fayiah M. and Kamara M. S. (2017). Assessing effects of mining and post-mining land rehabilitation on biodiversity and habitats; Published in Van Sangyan, Vol. 4, No. 5; Published by Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, MP, India
(iii). Otesile, A.A. and Agbeja, B.O. (2016). Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Involvement in Agroforestry and Other Land Use Systems in Forest Reserves of Ogun State, Nigeria; Published in Journal of Sustainable Environmental Management (JSEM), Nigeria
(iv). Otesile, A.A. and Adesoye, P.O. (2016). Floristic Survey of the Natural Forest Compartment in the Botanical Gardens of the University Of Ibadan. Published in Journal of Sustainable Environmental Management; (JSEM), Nigeria
(v). Otesile, A.A. and Agbeja, B.O. (2015). Forestry and Agricultural Land Use Challenges in Ogun State; Nigeria. International Forestry Review, Commonwealth Forestry Association, UK (under review)
(vi). Otesile, A.A. and Agbeja, B.O. (2012). Conflicts and Forest Land-Use: A Case Study of Forest Reserves in Ogun State, Nigeria. Published in Forest and Forest Products Society Journal, Nigeria
(i). Otesile, A.A., Mattia, S.B., Barrie, A., (2017). Value Chain Analysis of Forest Wood Products in Kenema District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone. Published in Book of Abstract of NUSAA Third Annual Research Conference; Theme: Research and Innovations for Sustainable Development. 21st – 23rd March 2017.
(ii). Otesile, A.A., Mattia, S.B., Lahai, N.A., (2017). Inventory of Woody Edible Fruit Tree Species within Senior Staff and Crown Agent Quarters, Njala Universities, Njala Campus, Sierra Leone. Published in Book of Abstract of NUSAA Third Annual Research Conference; Theme: Research and Innovations for Sustainable Development. 21st – 23rd March 2017.
(iii). Otesile, A.A. and Agbeja, B.O. (2013). Prospects and Challenges of Agroforestry Practices in Government Owned Forest Reserves, Ogun State, Nigeria. Published in Book of Abstract of Maiden Africa Students’ Conference in Nairobi, Kenya; Theme: Biodiversity in the Africa-Present state, challenges and prospects for its conservation, sponsored by Tropical Biology Association, BES Tropical Ecology Group, British Ecological Society and National Museums of Kenya, 2nd- 4th July 2013; Pp37.
(i). Lehtonen, P., Ankra, P., Otesile, A., Bockarie, A., Katila, M., Tamminen, L., Loytomaki, J. and Malmstrom, M. (2016). Sierra Leone Commercial Plantation Forest Industry Investment Plan.Technical Report submitted to the International Finance Corporation / World Bank Group, New York.
(ii). Otesile, A.A., Abu-Bakarr, I. and Kamara, M.S. (2016). Evaluation of Sierra Rutile Limited Land Rehabilitation and Tree Crops Nursery Project.Technical Report submitted to Sierra Rutile Limited, Freetown Sierra Leone.
(iii). Otesile, A.A., (2016). Review of Miro Forestry (SL) Concession’ “Habitat And High Conservation Value Assessment Report”. Technical Report submitted to Miro Forestry (SL), Mile 91, Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone.
(iv). Otesile, A.A., (2016). Miro Forestry- SL (MFSL) SGS Pre-Assessment Comments: A Pre-Assessment Review of Miro Forestry-SL; FSC Pre-Certification Compliance. Technical Report submitted to Miro Forestry (SL), Mile 91, Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone.
(v). Agbeja, B.O., Adu-Anning, C., Derkyi Mercy, A.A., Kwame, Twum-Ampofo., and Otesile, A.A. (2008). Assessment of conflicts among forestry, agriculture and land-use policies in Nigeria and Ghana: Prospects for Reconciliation. Technical Report submitted to the African Forest Research Network, Kenya. 18pp.
(i). “Stakeholders’Engagement in Community Forest Land Use and Management within Selected Communities in Dasse Chiefdom”.
(ii). “Prospects of Non-Timber Forest Product Development for Socio-Economic Well-being of the People of Mano Dasse Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone”.
(iii). “Demystifying the Impediments to Women Integration in Forest Governance in Selected Communities within Kori Chiefdom, Southern Sierra Leone”.
(iv). Identifying Climate Change Drivers and their Effects on Agriculture And Forestry Within Five Selected Community Within Kori Chiefdom Moyamba District Sierra Leone.
Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships Awards
(i). 2016. Sponsored to attend a Training Workshop Titled: Sustainable Forest Management, Sponsored by the Finish Government (BIODEV Project), held between 11.5 – 14.5.2016; at the Njala University Guest House, Njala Campus, Sierra Leone.
(ii). 2016. Sponsored with a team of Consultants to attend a Stakeholders’ Workshop for the presentation of project report “Phase 1”: Commercial Plantation Forestry Industry Investment Plan Studies held on 29th April 2016; at the World Bank Conference Room, Howe Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
(iii). 2016. Sponsored as a Facilitator to a Stakeholders’ Workshop on Climate Change and Biocarbon Development in Sierra Leone: Policies, Institutions and Governance, Sponsored by the Finish Government (BIODEV Project), held between April 19-20, 2016, at Roy Hotel, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
(iv). 2013. Tropical Biology Association (TBA) sponsorship to attend and present paper at First “TAAG” Student Conference, held between 2nd and 4th July 2013 at the Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
(v). 2010. Tropical Biology Association (TBA) sponsorship to attend capacity building training workshop tagged “Dreca” held between 30th August 2010 and 2nd September 2010 at The Redemptorist Centre, Iwo-Road, Oyo State, Nigeria.
(vi). 2005. The African Forest Research Network (AFORNET) Grant, to conduct research as a Collaborator on “Conflicts between Forestry and Agricultural Policies in Nigeria and Ghana”
In addition to the above, Dr. Otesile is a member of a number of national and international professional bodies as well as a member of the international scientific advisory board as follows:
(i). Member, Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN)
(ii). Alumnus, Tropical Biology Association UK (TBA)
(iii). Member, Scientific Advisory Board; Tropical Biology Association UK (TBA)
(iv). Member, Njala University Society for Academic Advancement (NUSAA)
Also, he is proficient in the use of MS Office Applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Internet proficient, outstanding international linkages and conflicts resolution skills, rural community and gender inclusivity in forest governance skills and excellent forest and agricultural land use modeling skills.