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Advantages of volunteeringTo those already involved or not in environmental protection, volunteering is a real opportunity to see how action in favor of environment should be led in the face of the local problem and pressure on natural resources. The Global Conservation Organization (WWF) by means of the Youth Volunteering Program is a perfect example to see not only how one of the world's biggest organizations in environment works, but also to have an insight of the reality and to gain personal experience in field about the worthiest subject of the 21st century. We won’t forget to mention that as a volunteer, you participate to save our home-earth.
Madagascar: a Reef Complex to protect!
WWF has worked since 2008 in the Northern Region of Salary in order to put in place a Marine Protected Area (MPA) which will be managed by the local community officially known as the « SOARIAKA ASSOCIATION » by means of their own law called « Dina » previously recognised by the malagasy government. This MPA will therefore be managed by the community itself.
What I learnedAfter 3 months spent in Salary, in addition to the experience acquired in the place, my most important reward is the joy of achieving the programme and helping the communities. I could feel myself helpful and needed.
I learned that conservation in developing countries takes time to be understood and accepted by the remote communities where natural resources are often the pillar of their subsistance. However, participation in conservation projects needs more focus on teaching people starting from children.
After a gap year, I could see so close one controversial environmental problem in Madagascar : the acute controversy between culture and environmental management. September 2011, starting my study in International Environmental Law with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), I hope the possibility for our country of adopting adequate national law and policies which will not only be conform to the International Environmental Law but also respect tradition and lead to sustainable development.
If you decide to volunteer, you may want to go back home after the first few days before you begin to feel the way you are at home. What I can advise you is just to think of the importance of the program you will be working on, its objectives and the opportunity it gives you to share with others what you know. As I've said above, your reward will be what you can give. By volunteering, your contribution is source of joy.
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