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Ethics Charter of eco-volunteering

#Engagement 1: Transparency on the use of the financial contribution of ecovolunteers

In the event that the ecovolunteers contribute financially to their mission, the organizer undertakes to display a total transparency on the use of the money paid. This implies the details of the percentage of the amount due to the host project, the organizer, and if necessary to an intermediary, and the percentage of the amount dedicated to the accommodation and food of the ecovolunteers.

#Engagement 2: Objective Communication on Ecovolunteering Missions

The organizer undertakes to give an honest, explicit and objective information on the mission (s) he proposes. This information must take into account and detail:

  1. The research or conservation program, including objectives, methodology, and if possible results and publications,
  2. The involvement of ecovolunteers in the project and their supervision,
  3. Social, economic and ecological benefits, including:
    • The involvement of local people and the impact on the community,
    • The impact of the mission on the local economy,
    • The ecological impact of the mission.

#Engagement 3: Preparation of the ecovolunteers to the mission

The organizer undertakes to set up a pre-departure preparation for ecovolunteers, in order to:

  • to optimize their cultural immersion,
  • to clarify the meaning of their involvement in the hosting project,
  • to inform the ecovolunteers about their conditions of participation (accommodation, comfort, organization of the trip).

This preparation can take the form of documentation, a meeting, or any other suitable medium.

#Engagement 4: Limitation of the environmental impact of missions

The organizer undertakes to estimate and limit, as much as possible, the environmental impact of the mission he proposes, and to give access to this information to ecovolunteers.

The organizer also undertakes to put in place actions aimed at reducing these impacts, for example:

  • recommendations to ecovolunteers on the eco-gestures to put in place,
  • recommendations on CO2 emission compensation programs,
  • adaptation of the minimum duration of the mission according to its distance (balance between the territorial benefits due to the mission and the ecological impact due to the displacement).

#Engagement 5: Compendium of ecovolunteer experience feedback

The organizer undertakes to collect the experiences of the ecovolunteers (example: testimonials, report) and to publish them. Moreover, as far as possible, the organizer commits himself to connect the old and the future ecovolunteers.

#Engagement 6: Regular evaluation of projects

The organizer undertakes to carry out a regular evaluation of the projects he proposes to ecovolunteers based on:

  • the coherence of the initial project and its current content,
  • taking into account the testimonies of the ecovolunteers about the project,
  • the possible results,
  • projects in development.

#Engagement 7: Valuation of the participation of ecovolunteers

The organizer commits himself to publish, on a regular basis, reports on the actions and the results of the project and on the achievements to which the ecovolunteers participated during their mission.

#Engagement 8: Taking into account animal welfare and the use of species

The organizer undertakes to refuse any ancillary activities relating to the use of wild animals for recreational purposes (eg swimming with dolphins, circus, training, feeding for tourist purposes ...).

In the case of animal refuges, the organizer undertakes to propose only projects whose priority is to reintroduce animals into their natural environment and that do not keep these animals in a refuge until their reintroduction proves impossible.

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