« 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 wordsIndeed, 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.