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Eco-solidarity trip in the Mediterranean, April 2009

Study of cetaceans and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea

These eco-volunteering stays are designed to assess the impact of marine traffic on cetaceans, and to follow the evolution of Mediterranean marine biodiversity. No special skills are required to participate.


The minimum participation is seven days on a sailboat. The eco-volunteers are accompanied by a scientific guide. Together they participate in different phases of a sea research program, from data acquisition (behavioral observations, counts) To their computer input.

The study area is located off Var and Côte d'Azur and extends Corsica. This area has a favorite place for cetaceans, 7 species are commonly seen as the bottlenose dolphin, sperm whale, and the whale.

Life on board

The boat sails from sunrise to sunset. One or more nights off are expected. The ecovolunteers fully participate in the life on board, they support scientists in their research, they help with maneuvering the boat or bar shifts. The eco-volunteers observe and record on the bridge throughout the day: counting, behavioral observations, timing, determination of the geographical position, followed by maritime traffic ...

Life on board is friendly and warm, the food preparation is done in common, and they place on the deck in the cockpit, or in the square. Everyone is required to help with household chores such as shopping, cooking, cleaning ...

The research projects

The opportunities to work at sea are rare and we try to optimize our outputs. We are working on two scientific projects:

  • Cybelle Mediterranean: a long-term project and long scale overseen by a scientific committee; it started in 2007.

  • Study of the impact of marine traffic on cetacean populations: a project led by EcoOcéan Institute, with whom we work since 2005.

Scientific assessments search campaigns through the contribution of Cybelle Planète ecovolunteers are published annually.


With financial support and as actors on the ground, ecovolunteers guarantee the continuation of research programs and conservation of wildlife. Part of this work, if not all, owes its realization to the financial and physical contribution ecovolunteers!

The eco-volunteers are actively involved in projects and undertake to work and live alongside scientists. They may sometimes be required to work long hours and do things never done before. This personal and intellectual challenge is a rewarding and challenging opportunity. At the end of their stay, ecovolunteers have a head full of new ideas, enriched with a unique experience and real encounters.

The association

Cybelle Planète is an association whose primary mission is to participate in the preservation of biodiversity. We want to give the opportunity to as many people as possible to take action for the environment. Interface between biodiversity specialists and the general public, we develop eco-citizen projects for the preservation of nature.

  • Eco-volunteering: We offer our members to participate in volunteer projects. These projects are organized in partnership with specialists in biodiversity (animal, plant, cultural, ...).

  • Preserving the Mediterranean: Mediterranean Cybelle. This initiative allows voluntary lovers (scuba divers or boaters) to help us collect information at sea, following simple but accurate methods. Thanks to the participation of the largest number we can, for the first time in the Mediterranean, followed large-scale and long-term changes in biodiversity.

2009 dates

• the 18 24 in July
• the 25 31 in July
• the 08 14 in August
• the 15 21 in August
• the 22 28 in August

2009 Rates

Cybelle Planète is a French association 1901 law, eco-volunteering stays are for day to members of their members annual fee of € 50. This last is not included in the price.

7 days: 950 € to 1000 € (depending on the week)

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