By Bernard Giraud, President of Livelihoods Venture
Our partner Haidar El Ali, President of the NGO Oceanium has just been appointed Minister of Environment and Ecology of the Government of Senegal, formed following the recent presidential election of Macky Sall.
Beautiful symbol for all who are engaged in action for Africa to preserve its natural resources for the benefit of local people and future generations. Haidar is a man of vision and a tireless campaigner. Professional diver, he came to the ecology noting the havoc on the marine environment of certain fishing practices. Very quickly, he realized that nothing could change if the fishermen themselves were not sensitized and implicated. This philosophy of action "with and through" local communities is at the heart of the action and the success of Oceanium.