Posted on 23 August 2018
Despite being just 26, Romain is an active member of a network of young conservationists in the Morandava region. As an agronomy student who’s passionate about nature, he believes that awareness is the key to successful conservation.
Along with other young people from his region, and with the support of WWF, he received training in advocacy and radio production. Since 3rd
December 2016, he has hosted live environmental programmes on his city’s Catholic radio station, FM 100.2 Mhz, at 5pm every Saturday afternoon. His show is called “Samy jeunes mifampihaino”
(young people who listen).
During the 34 weekly shows that Romain and his friends have produced, listeners have been able to call in live. People are also invited into the studio to react to the region’s environmental realities. Auditors have come up with solutions, and others have denounced bad practices. “We must talk about the richness of our nature to our people. They must understand that our forests have a value that goes beyond charcoal,” says Romain.
Of course, not everything is rosy. Romain and his friends, like many activists, face many challenges. As a student, he pays his own travel expenses and has to balance the time he spends on this activity with his studies.
"But that's all right, because if I do not do it for mangroves and lemurs, who else will do it for me? Others can surely do it, but as long as I can do my part, I will do it wholeheartedly, "he concludes with conviction.
Unfortunately, Romain and his friends lost their airtime on Radio FM 100.2 Mhz a few months ago. They are now raising funds to finance the purchase of new time slots so that they might continue their broadcast.