Thanks to the support of the Ecofund community, Eiffage Senegal and the German Embassy in Dakar, on the 5th of July 2013 we officially celebrated the enclosure for the protection of the Ecoparc forest in Diembering, Basse Casamance.
“For our rural community, preserving the forest will create a win-win situation for the ecosystem, tourism, and our local community” declared Augustin Diatta, the Champion of the project.
The Senegalese Minister of Environment, Haidar El Ali, called Ecoparc a model to be replicated in each Senegalese village.
Indeed, APES singed a convention with the President of the Regional Council of Ziguinchor in respect of the protection of the Ecoparc forest and the environmental education of scholars.
On the occasion of the inaugural ceremony and in the presence of the Senegalese Minister of Environment, the construction firm Eiffage Senegal, the German Embassy and the 39 Ecofund contributors have been awarded the “Ecofund Diploma” for their support to the Casamance Ecoparc.
The “Ecofund Diploma” is more than recognition, signed by the King of Oussouye, the President of the Regional Council and Augustin’s Association APES, together with the above Convention, the diploma documents a strong commitment of the moral authority (the King), the local administration, and the civil society to the protection of the Ecoparc forest.