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Mission in Benin, copyright Cybelle Planete

Cybelle Planète is committed to respecting the ethical charter of the ecovolontariat.

Commitment number 1: Transparency on the use of the financial contribution of ecovolunteers

Cybelle Planet is a non-profit organization. Profits are totally dedicated to the functioning of the association to achieve its goals! Historically, we choose sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

When an ecovolunteer chooses to leave with Cybelle Planète, in addition to his voluntary participation in the field, he pays a Biodiversity Donation to Cybelle Planet. This participation is distributed as such:

Between 55% and 70% donated to the partner project. This contribution will be used to:

  • Financing accommodation, food, ecovoluntary travel;
  • Salarier the reception team;
  • Buy, renew, repair medical and technical equipment, enclosures, fences ...;
  • Obtain medicines and food for animals;
  • Pay land rental (for sanctuaries but also for conservation projects that wish to lease land for reforestation and the planting of endemic species), or even sometimes to buy the freedom of animals!
  • Create communication media, awareness, information for local residents and tourists;
  • Train local and students so they can work in their city / town / country, while developing responsible and sustainable economy, taking into account their resources and the conservation of fauna and flora.

Between 45% and 30% used by Cybelle Planète. This contribution will be used to:

  • Ensure the functioning of the association;
  • Fund communication and awareness plans on eco-volunteering and environmental preservation;
  • To reward the ecovolunteer service in charge of relations with partner projects and ecovolunteers before, during and after their mission; and project evaluation;
  • Make the networks live.

Commitment number 2: Objective communication on eco-volunteering missions

Each mission proposed by Cybelle Planète has been the subject ofa rigorous selection process led by the scientists of the team. The latter can be very long because it systematically involves an evaluation according to several criteria: scientists, involvement of ecovolunteers, local impact of the project ... Thus, the information that is given to future ecovolunteers is exhaustive and largely enriched by this preliminary survey.

On the Cybelle Planète website each mission has its own dedicated page, as well as a complete documentation to download which includes the information:

  • On the biodiversity protection program
  • On the species or environment that is the subject of the mission
  • On the project's actions within the community and its impact at a local level.

All information is updated at least once a year by Cybelle Planète and its partners.

Commitment number 3: Preparation of the ecovolunteers to the mission

On the Cybelle Planète website each mission has its dedicated page, as well as a complete documentation to download which includes the information:

  • their involvement on site,
  • on the conditions of participation (accommodation, comfort ..)
  • on local culture

Ecovolunteers therefore have access to their information before registering. Afterwards, each ecovolunteer will have access before his departure to a documentation of preparation for the trip:

  • complete travel information
  • Useful addresses
  • contacts on site
  • Specific legal information on the country and the region (health, visas, special risks, ...)
  • etc ...

Reception projects are sometimes very modest. Ecovolunteers will share their daily lives, and the comfort of life is very variable depending on the mission. Cybelle Planète has chosen not to impose on its partners hosting conditions according to Western standards so that they can continue to direct their efforts towards biodiversity. Thus, we try to give ecovolunteers, before their registration, the most realistic information possible regarding the accommodation conditions they will find on their arrival. Ecovolunteering is a choice to act in respect of local lifestyles, in all conscience.

All information is updated at least once a year by Cybelle Planète and its partners.

Commitment number 4: Limitation of the environmental impact of missions

With regard to its eco-volunteering missions: Cybelle Planète organizes from A to Z only one of its missions (Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea, France). For the latter the maximum is implemented to limit the impacts on the marine environment: sailboat, solar panels, wind turbines, only use of biodegradable products at sea (household products and hygiene).
For the other missions, the vast majority meet specific environmental criteria. These missions use means of renewable energy production (solar, wind), use dry toilets, and favor the use of food produced locally and preferably biological. That said, it must be kept in mind that certain missions are carried out by modest projects in countries where the standard of living is low. It is therefore not possible to force these projects to meet Western environmental standards.

Finally, most of the projects we work with include in their program environmental education activities or ecological community actions (shared organic gardens ...).

On the website of Cybelle Planète, documentation is made available to Internet users and more particularly to ecovolunteers to encourage them to ask questions about the environmental impact of their mission and their trips in general.

Finally, Cybelle Planète is a member of the association Voyageurs and Voyagistes Eco-Responsables (VVE) since 2011, and signatory of the charter of travelers and tour operators eco-responsible. Each eco-volunteer, when registering for Cybelle Planète, is informed about the association VVE and their charter of eco-responsibility.

Commitment number 5: Compendium of ecovolunteer experience feedback

Each ecovolunteer, on his return from his mission, is contacted by email and invited to complete an online questionnaire. Cybelle Planet publishes every ecovoluntary testimony and provides future ecovolunteers with emails from past participants.

Commitment number 6: Regular evaluation of projects

Our eco-volunteering service is in constant contact with our partners and informed about any changes in the program.
Each year, Cybelle Planète performs a complete update of the missions. Each partner receives an update request document requesting, among other things, information on:

  • the project and its evolution
  • changes to report
  • etc ...

In addition, once a year, Cybelle Planète collects annual activity reports from its partners. The information gathered makes it possible to closely follow the evolution of the program but also to highlight the successes and the results obtained thanks to the ecovolunteers.

ALL DOCUMENTS made available to ecovolunteers are updated annually.

Finally, the testimonies of the ecovolunteers are taken into careful consideration. In case of a "negative" testimony or an unforeseen incident during the mission of an ecovolunteer. Cybelle Planète carries out a complete survey of the ecovolunteer and the project. Everything will be done to improve the services of Cybelle Planète and those of our partner missions. In the event that several ecovolunteer testimonials reveal a serious problem with one of our partners, our partnership is canceled without notice.

Commitment number 7: Valuing the participation of ecovolunteers

Valuing ecovolunteers' investment remains a priority for Cybelle Planète.

Once a year Cybelle Planète publishes an activity report of the ecovolunteer missions. The latter is based on the documents and information given by each of our partners. Thus the ecovolunteers are informed annually of the progress made by the project, and in particular thanks to their contribution.

After the ecovolunteer mission returns, the hosting project provided Cybelle Planète with a report allowing to evaluate in the best way how their contribution was beneficial for the project and for the ecovolunteer. All of his reports are taken into account in the writing of the annual activity report of the ecovolunteer missions of Cybelle Planète.

Annual reviews are available to ecovolunteers on the association's website.

Commitment number 8: Consideration of Animal Welfare and Use of Species

Cybelle Planète systematically rejects any partnership with a project that does not meet one of its criteria:

  • Respect for animal welfare (while considering that it is often another culture and another relation to the animal than that of the Westerners). We consider in particular the size of pens in sanctuaries and the rules of conduct imposed on ecovolunteers and visitors for approaching animals.
  • Non-use of animals for recreational purposes (eg elephant ride, swimming with dolphins, etc.). Cybelle Planet is engaged against its activities and regularly disseminates information on this subject via its FaceBook.
  • Priority given to the reintroduction of the animals collected. The reintroduction of animals into the wild follows strict rules (endemism, health and psychological state of the animal collected, health risks, ...). Thus, when a program of reintroduction in the wild proves impossible to implement, the projects must be able to provide to animals the conditions of life in captivity the best possible (veterinary care, size of enclosures, daily care, stimulation of animals…).

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