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MARION participated in the Ecological monitoring and surveillance mission in the Bouche du Roy community reserve in Benin

Mission of 29 days, performed in January 2020

My participation

The mission consists in ecological monitoring of the community reserve. the missions are very varied and exciting. I took care of the 3 hatcheries, fed the baby turtles, released them into the sea. Lots of bird inventories on different sites, monitoring crabs, continental fisheries, monitoring the pressures within the mangrove, raising awareness among residents and primary school children, I also participated in meetings within the community.
The hours are rather light, generally from 8 or 9 a.m. to 12 or 13 p.m. and then in the afternoon from 15 p.m. to 18 or 19 p.m. Depending on the mission of the day, the schedules are very variable with evening missions for night patrols of turtles or very early in the morning for certain inventories of seabirds. I had a few half days without a mission and the Weekends are free.

My expectations

It is the first time that I participated in this kind of mission so I did not really know what to expect but I have an incredible memory of it. The team is great, they have a lot to teach us. Life in the village is timeless and the site absolutely magnificent. As for the project, it is an NGO full of envy and future. They actually work for an ecological concern but also enormously in collaboration with the local populations to enrich and help them.

My advice

I can give you the advice not to hesitate before booking this mission. They need us. Benin is a reassuring country, I traveled alone in several cities without any fear. You have to know how to be independent and not seek luxury. On the other hand, contrary to what he said in the description, the accommodation at the lodge is supplied with electricity thanks to a solar panel and there is drinking water. A personal bathroom in the bedroom and classic toilets outside. The lodge is very clean and well maintained. They are really keen to receive us well and that we are comfortable both in space and in each mission.

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot, both intellectually and emotionally. I learned about the local flora and fauna, about its importance in the reserve. On the importance of associating the populations with each mission. On community life, because honestly this word does not mean anything with us. And on the simplicity of life and the importance of our impact. In addition to your missions, you will have the chance to see impressive sunsets and breathtaking landscapes.

My assets

Everything I have learned will be useful in France and in my daily life. As much as regards our ecological impact, which I want to reduce more than ever, and on my relationship with people. It made me realize that we are moving away from the essential every day

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Maurice participated in the ecological monitoring and surveillance mission in the Bouche du Roy community reserve in Benin

Mission 15 days, conducted in November 2018
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My participation

Ecological monitoring - recording information on threatened flora and fauna - remains very varied: monitoring the mangrove / red mangrove, birds / 5 varieties, search for animal traces and pose of camera, night patrol for the recovery of the eggs of turtles, followed by sea and continental fishing, sensitization of villagers to restrict wood consumption.
Generally I participated in 2 different activities per day 1 from 8 to 13h then 16 to 18 or 22 at midnight. But it is the land that commands, some survey points are 1h30 canoe or the village head is absent and we can not always circulate freely for our mission.
The contribution is not really obvious, the monitoring is still in its infancy and our questioning brings a methodological reflection to a young Beninese team that relies a lot on trainees. But this should evolve by delegating a little more to eco-volunteers in the future.

My expectations

An immersion in a fishing village in an Eco-Lodge allowing to be very close to the population for 15 days and by multiplying the improbable encounters facilitated by the welcome and the smile of the Beninese. Every day had its share of surprises, of discoveries. As a bonus, an exceptional site in the middle of coconut palms in Avlo.

My advice

In terms of equipment, summer dress during the day, light long-sleeved shirts and trousers in the evening. Think about rain gear especially to protect your backpack and camera. Do not be afraid of the canoe and the movement behind the motorcycle. Possibility of swimming in the hotel swimming pool or in the river. Do not hesitate to go to the very rich Eco-Benin site. A detailed program - even if changes are inevitable - will be communicated a few days before departure. The smart guy from Benin

What I retain

15j. awareness of our environment and a lot of exchange with trainees of different nationality

My assets

Reinforcing anti wasting behavior

The ecological monitoring mission, South Benin

Ecological monitoring in a community reserve in South Benin During this mission, you will contribute to ecological monitoring and surveillance at ...
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