The beach brigade "Le equipe"
The beach brigade is the first pillar of the sea turtle protection project. It consists of about 15 young men and women who come from the villages in the project area. They are the sons and daughters of those who formerly ate turtles, they know most residents personally, they also know the turtles and every corner of the territory. They work in four groups. Each group has its "chief" .Chief of the whole is the biologist Alexandre Dah. The main task of the beach brigade is to expire the project area at night by foot. This permanent presence deters poachers. The brigade members also collect important data.They mark the turtles and the turtle nests, they raise habitat parameters at the same time according to a fixed scheme. Through this work, an evaluation can be done in a few years, which provides an insight into the population dynamics and the space utilization of the different species of sea turtles in the area. The data are serving - apart from their scientific value - for the protection of turtles, for monitoring the coast and are of great importance for future tourism potential.
The villages will be asked if they want to be integrated into the project area and can dispense with the consumption of turtle eggs and the turtles. The first contact on the subject occur via the village chiefs. But also events takes place, where the whole village, young and old is invited. The visitors of these events get information about the project and a few movies will be shown too. Then there is a moderated question time. Each individual has the opportunity to ask questions. The whole village can hear the questions and the answers. In this way, all fears, worries and concerns, as well as receivables are pronounced, everyone knows where he/she stands behind both sides, and what to expect.
Village development 1 - Renewable energy
In the project area there is no power supply and electrification is not in prospect due to the remoteness. The local population lives largely without electricity. That should continue to be so, but for some areas of life a punctual power is part of the population's understandable demands. One good option is solar power. A first solar power plant has already been built, to operate the water pump in Mani. Another solar system has applied in FEM for Pitiké CEM. The plant will supply according to the request of a village community in the village centrally located community center with electricity for a public television, a mobile phone charging station is provided. The implementation is planned for the 2015th It would be desirable for all the villages lying in the project area to allow a similar solar system.
Village development 2 - drinking water
The development of villages in the project area is below average for Ivorian relations. Approximately 3,000 people have only open shallow wells with poor water quality. The water is suitable for washing, but not for drinking. The desire for good drinking water has been expressed in all the villages as the first and most important development goal for the further development of the village.
Village development 3 - Renovation of the primary school in Mani
With the financial support of the self-help fund of the US Embassy we were able to renovate the school of Mani from scratch, which was in a very bad condition, .
Village development 4 - Hospital ward in Roc
This is a project with the aim to build up a hospital ward in Roc, to be implemented in 2016 with the support of the Orange Foundation.