Meeting the socio-organizers

Christophe Ramanantsoa

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Chrisophe Ramanantsoa, Socio-organizer HCPF
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Chrisophe Ramanantsoa has already spent 14 years with WWF. He is a fauna expert, trained at the School of Fauna in Cameroon, and a true nature lover.

« I always wanted to work for conservation, » he says. « When I was a kid, I used to play with my father at mimicking Babakoto’s sounds. My father was telling me that this lemur was like a human being. And actually I started to reflect on ways to connect my love for nature with the development needs of local people.»  

The appropriate tone and words

Indeed, the 48-year old socio-organizer for the Betaolana area believes that one of the main challenges of his job is to find the appropriate tone and words when talking to communities.

When he speaks of his activities, It seems that forest spirits can sometimes be an additional challenge : « Once, our team had to cross a sacred area in the forest where we were conducting an inventory. We immediately got lost and had to spend the whole night under a tree. That was quite an adventure, » he recalls.

The father-of-three likes the long term vision of the Holistic Conservation Programme for Forests very much.

« Improving the living conditions of poor people is simply crucial if we want to protect nature and ensure that human beings live in a suitable environment, » he adds.

Once, our team had to cross a sacred area in the forest where we were conducting an inventory. We immediately got lost.

Christophe Ramanantsoa

Fidimanana

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Fidimanana
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Fadimanana (48) joined WWF in 2007 after having worked for the Edil Mad company in Diego Suarez and run the Conservation and Research section at ANGAP (today Madagascar National Parks).

Natural history was his favourite topic at school – a time when his goal was to become his own boss. He applied for his current job as socio-organizer in Bealanana because of the international status of WWF. 


A damanding job

« It’s a physically- and mentally-demanding job, » he says. « You have to accept to stay away from your family for several days, sometimes a few weeks, and to hike to very remote areas. But it is rewarding because you work as much for conservation as for the socio-economic development of the region. »

Fidimanana hopes that the HCPF will be sustained because he thinks it will become a reference for many current and upcoming projects,

It’s a physically- and mentally-demanding job

Fidimanana

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