EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of communities living in forest areas through the voluntary engagement of European volunteers to local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo and Vietnam. The action that will mobilise EUAV volunteers is divided into 4 strategic objectives:
Develop a comprehensive approach to resilience of forest dependent communities by mapping initiatives, actors and under-lying factors of vulnerability of these communities towards risks, shocks and potential disasters. This study will cover different levels of analysis with the active participation of the targeted communities (local regional, private, public perspectives etc…).
Provide support by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow direct development of human capital. Seminars, training, exchanges of good practices will aim at mitigating the impact of climate change and of human induced pollutions and at installing adaptative processes.
Disseminate qualitative information, strengthen social ties and support local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.
Ensure sustainability through awareness raising and promotion of fundamental changes (attitudes and practices). Here a special attention will be given to the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns (i.e. rights of forest dependent communities).
At key stages of the project, consortium meetings will be organised as well as training sessions given by experts from the forestry sector. On these occasions, workshops will be held to exchange best practices and knowledge on topics such as good examples of forest governance, project management and communication. Operational details & security context
Mauritania is a vast country covered ¾ by the Sahara. The remaining ¼ is divided between a Sahelo-Saharan and a Sahelian zone. The country is a member of the CILSS, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League, the African Union, the Francophonie and the G5 Sahel. It is linked by an association agreement to ECOWAS. Mauritania also participates in Euro-Mediterranean bodies (5 + 5 dialogue since 1990; member of the Barcelona process since 2007).
Economic activity is mainly linked to the exploitation of mineral resources, livestock, fishing, agriculture and trade.
Mauritania ranks 157th out of 189 on the Human Development Index, making it a poor country. Poverty is particularly acute in the Southern part of the country, an area of humanitarian intervention.
An Islamic Republic, the country experienced a coup d'état in 2008 and a return to democracy in 2009. The country is currently experiencing a period of calm between the government and the traditional opposition, with an easing of social tensions and an increase in public freedoms.
Despite a calm security situation in the capital and in the central and southern regions, it is formally unadvisable to travel to the Northern and Eastern border areas (especially the borders with Algeria and Mali) where the presence of armed groups is known.
Mauritania is a country of transit for migrants. It is still hosting 69,000 Malian refugees (January 2021) as well as Sierra Leonean and Ivorian refugees. This justifies the presence of UN agencies as well as EU representations involved in development projects.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mauritania reopened its land and air borders to tourists on October 22, 2021. Circulation of the virus remains active and health measures taken by the authorities remain in effect. Foreign passengers arriving without a COVID-19 RT-PCR test or vaccination certificate are not allowed to enter Mauritania. If signs suggestive of COVID-19 are present on arrival (fever, cough, difficult breathing, sneezing, general fatigue, etc.), the traveller will be treated according to local health protocol and a standard diagnostic test (RT-PCR) will be performed.
The information provided in this document may be updated as the pandemic evolves. France Volontaires and ESI Labs! reserve the right to interrupt any recruitment or deployment process in order to ensure health and safety of their teams, volunteers and candidates.
At the operational level
The Diawling National Park (DNP) is an exceptional protected site due to the important biodiversity it shelters. With an area of 59,000 ha, it is located in southwest Mauritania. A public administrative institution, the PND was created by decree in January 1991 and has since received the title of wetland of international importance following its recognition as a "Ramsar" site in 1994. Since 2005, it has also been an integral part of the Senegal River Delta Trans-frontier Biosphere Reserve. Established following severe droughts in the 1970s and changes in the Senegal River regime, the PND artificially regulates the flooding of the region's plains. 30 years of ecological restoration efforts have rehabilitated ecosystems and their biodiversity. The PND is renowned for having integrated the riparian populations, since its creation, as an essential component of management and governance.
The France Volontaires Mauritanie team is made up of two people, including an expatriate national representative and a French volunteer. The recruitment of a local volunteer development officer is underway.
For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Mauritanie has developed partnerships with various associations, NGOs and public services specialised in the forestry and timber sector.
France Volontaires Mauritanie coordinates the implementation of the project through its National Representative, to whom the volunteer will report.