African Bird Club representative
Michel Louette [email protected]
Bird recorder and checklist compiler
Dr Michel Louette
A. Associations for the study and protection of the fauna of the Union of the Comoros.
Management Committee of the Marine Park of Moheli. The Marine Park of Mohéli was inaugurated officially on 17th October 2002 with the aim to be a sanctuary for biodiversity, an area co-managed with the local communities and a tool for conserving the environment in service of the long-term use of the marine resources. The Management Committee of the Marine Park of Mohéli was created with 16 people of whom about 10 come from the neighbouring communities.
Contact: Parc Marin de Mohéli Nioumachoua. Tél. (269) 72 66 43. E-mail [email protected]
The ULANGA Associations The Ulanga (Nature) Associations are a relatively recent movement in the Comoros. The objective is to make the inhabitants of a locality aware of hygiene problems and the need for cleanliness. In 1991, the association was created in Grand Comore with the support of the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Co-operation and volunteers from the Peace Corps. Its activities focused on awareness of the environment by organising clean-up days, tree planting and domestic waste collection. Often, these associations are created spontaneously within the community through the initiative of a few young people who want to look after their natural resources, particularly where public authorities are not taking coherent and lasting measures in order to protect the environment. By their dynamism and dedication, these Ulanga associations remain powerful vehicles for environmental information, education and communication with the population.
Contact: there is one committee in every village on each island.
Action Comoros is a non-governmental organisation based in Anjouan and created in 1992 for the conservation of Livingstone's Flying Fox and in the long-term management of its forest habitat. The objective is to protect, study the ecology and establish an inventory of rare fruit bats. After the last count by foreign researchers, it became evident that the best way in which to monitor the bat population was through local participation. This programme is successful and recent estimates report 1,200 bats in 20 dormitories. Action Comoros has undertaken work to instruct and train those monitoring the dormitories. The education programme uses Livingstone's Flying Fox as a star species for its threatened forest habitat and stresses the interdependence between flying foxes, forests and people. The outcome includes fund-raising for conservation work; scientific publications; conferences; and information for anyone who is interested in research on this fruit-bat and its forest habitat.
Contacts: Action Comoros - International, The Old Rectory, Stansfield, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8LT, United Kingdom. Email: [email protected]
Mohammed F.E. Moutui, Action Comoros, antenne Anjouan, B.P. 279, Mutsamudu, Anjouan
Tel. (269) 71 02 54; fax: (269) 71 02 52. Email: [email protected]
AIDE The Association for Intervention for Development and the Environment is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1997. It is also a research department and a travel agency. Its objectives are to develop technical ability nationally in environmental matters; to contribute to broadening knowledge of ecosystems; to actively participate in actions taken in order to protect and develop the natural inheritance; to promote the exchange of ideas and experience between those involved in development at the national and sub-regional levels.
Contact: AIDE, B.P. 1292 Moroni Z.I. Mavouna , Grand Comore. Tél./Fax (269) 73 07 57
COMOFLORA is a non-governmental organisation, created in 1996 in Grand Comore with the objectives to save and protect the environment, save and protect flora and land fauna generally and develop ecotourist trails.
Union of Young Tourism Technicians in the Comoros (UJTTTC) was set up in 2002 in Moroni as an Association with tourism defined as its main objective: to make the population aware of the importance of tourism to the economy of the country; to involve all economic players linked with the economic development of the country; to make the country a unique and unrivalled destination.
MWEZINET the centre of information and co-operation based in La Réunion, has a web site and a "House of Comoros" planned in France. Its objectives and activities are mostly connected with exhibitions and ecotourism. An ecotourist train with a path for discovering flora and fauna is planned.
B. Associations for the study and protection of fauna in Mayotte.
ARCHE has an objective to encourage the population to get involved in the protection of its environment and to respect both animal and plant life. It has set up an emergency centre for the care of world life as well as a convalescent centre; it organises guided field visits in agreement with the relevant services, stressing future skills linked to the environment and finally, to develop a series of educational activities on the theme of protecting nature.
Contact : Dr. Vét. L. Doméon, secrétaire, BP. 57 - 97605 Passamainty, Mayotte.
Naturalists, Historians and Geographers of Mayotte has an objective to put together people interested in flora, fauna, the natural environment, geology, geography, ethnography and the history of Mayotte. The association publishes a bulletin by means of which it would like to develop communication between interested parties.
Contact: Naturalistes de Mayotte, BP. 59 - 97640 Sada, Mayotte. Tél. (269) 62 29 48.
E-mail: [email protected]