participatory ecology

Participatory consultations for an ethical eco-volunteering

Rather than decide alone what ecovolunteerism should be and what is its ethics; we decided to take into account the opinion of all, concerned by ecovolunteers: ecovolunteers, ecovolunteer structures, eco-friendly tour operators, but also: travelers, citizens, students, environmental associations, etc.

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Why ethical charters?

Eco-volunteering is developing more and more in French-speaking Europe because it meets a strong civic need: to take concrete action to preserve the diversity of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna ... Thousands of people leave each year on an eco-volunteering mission and the number of participants is only increasing!

Committing to an eco-volunteering mission means choosing to take part in a world that is more united and respectful of life, in all its forms. Far from the fad and consumerist craze, eco-volunteering must remain a lifelong commitment. The main objective of our approach is to clarify the offer and the practice of eco-volunteering both for the organizers and for travelers from French-speaking countries.

The two ethical charters we propose constitute a reference base for future ecovolunteers in the choice of their mission and / or eco-volunteering structure. They also enable ecovolunteering structures to clearly display their ethical positioning. Finally, they value the commitments that ecovolunteers make when they participate in a mission.

THE ETHICAL CHARTER OF ECOVOLUNDSHIP proposes 8 basic ethical commitments to ecovolunteer structures.

THE CHARTER OF ECOVOLONTAIRES  proposes 9 commitments to ecovolunteers participating in a mission.

Method of working

Always very involved in participatory approaches, Cybelle Planète draws up the charter by offering citizens the opportunity to participate online, via a web form, or in person, during a participatory workshop. Thus ethical charters are in the image of the collective thought because well Obviously, we do not plan to write a charter ourselves for an activity based on the idea of ​​participation! 

The Ethics Charter of Ecovolunteerism was developed in 2014

Under the banner of the Collectif Francophone de l'Ecovolontariat, a public and participative consultation for the creation of the first ethical charter and the definition of ecovolunteerism.
The tool used for the elaboration of this charter was the questionnaire web, simple and practical it allowed to collect the votes, the comments and the proposals of all the Net surfers. 3 consultation steps were performed on 4 months.

> Almost 400 people participated in the development of the definition and ethical charter of eco-volunteering. At the end of the last step, the definition and the charter were validated by 97,4% of positive votes.

-> See the participants

The ecovolunteer charter was developed in 2019

Cybelle Planète initiated a collective reflection to develop the ecovolunteer charter in September 2018. This project is carried out in a participative mode, online (web questionnaire) and face-to-face (workshop). 

> 166 people participated in the development of the charter of ecovolunteers. At the end of the last step, the charter has been validated by 98.7% of positive votes.

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Definition of ecovolunteership in 2014

Ecovolunteering has been given a definition in 2014, developed at the same time as the ethical charter of eco-volunteering, with the contribution of nearly 400 people.

What is an ethical charter?

  • An ethical charter is a reference document dictating rules and principles of good conduct within a group of people or professionals.
  • The ethical charter has no official value
  • The value of the ethical charter depends only on its recognition: recognition of ecovolunteers, ecovolunteers and travel professionals, project leaders, etc.
  • The ethical charter is a free and free commitment of those who adhere to it. It defines common values.
  • The ethical charter suggests behaviors and commitments but does not impose any standard or rule.
  • An ethical charter is neither a label nor a certification

Use charters

The Definition, the Ethical Charter of Ecovolunteers, and the Ecovolunteer Charter are part of the public domain. They are freely shared under Creative Commons License.

Please mention for any use: "Charter of ecovolunteers" and "Ethical charter of ecovolunteerism" © Cybelle Planète, CC-by-SA 3.0.

In the absence of official text or reference on ecovolunteerism, and considering that these documents were thought collectively, we commit you to use them as current reference.

Are you ecovoluntary or interested in this activity?

The Ecovolunteers Charter is a basis for reflection to help you better understand your commitment as a volunteer.

The ethical charter of eco-volunteering will allow you, for its part, to have concrete lines of thought to evaluate and understand the many missions and structures that offer ecovolunteerism.

You are an ecovolunteer structure?

Ethical charter of eco-volunteering:

Commit yourself to the ethical charter of eco-volunteering, point by point, and allow ecovolunteers to clearly understand your ethical positioning. For this you can book a page of your website to the Charter and how you meet the 8 fundamental commitments.
Use the 8 charter commitments as a basis for thinking about your projects.

Charter of ecovolunteers:

To help your ecovolunteers better understand the issues and better understand a mission in the field, share their "ecovolunteers' charter". This Charter values ​​the commitments that ecovolunteers make when they participate in a mission.

See the commitments of Cybelle Planète