Dear Readers,

The state of the world’s biodiversity is alarming. We all know it from the figures that show the progression of what is regarded today as the sixth mass extinction of species (1,000 to 10,000 times faster than in the previous century). In 40 years, over half the world’s animal species have disappeared.

Why is this serious?  Why is it irresponsible? Because … everything is linked. Because if one component of the chain of life vanishes, this changes the balance of the ecosystems on which we all depend! Our disastrous management of the Earth’s environment means that we, human beings, are endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of species, including our own, from the tiniest to the most emblematic – species that had previously coexisted for several million years.

But civil society has become aware of this critical situation. In this Newsletter, we would like to pay tribute to eight heroines who are fighting to protect animal biodiversity; women who have dedicated their lives, sometimes at great risk (207 murders in 2017), to endangered species. Their names are Claudine, Véronique, Céline, Sabrina, Andrea, Claire, Amandine and Antoinette. At one point, looking into the eyes of a bonobo or a baby elephant, or confronted with the vulnerability of a tiger or a manta ray, their lives changed forever... They make no mention of courage, or merit; all that counts is the cause they defend with such determination.

Their paths have crossed with the Foundation, which has supported their projects. These precious custodians of the chain of life need us, and need you, too. You will doubtless have the opportunity to take a closer look at some of these threatened species, to see them evolve in their natural environment. Whether you are near home or on your travels, take action to protect them. We are all responsible … until proven guilty!





Jacqueline Délia Brémond


Fondation Ensemble pays tribute to

8 heroines fighting to protect animal biodiversity

What unites them is their total commitment to the cause of animal rights. Claudine André, Véronique Audibert, Céline Danaud, Sabrina Krief, Amandine Renaud, Andrea Marshall, Claire Nouvian and Antoinette van de Water all head exemplary organizations with which the Foundation has chosen to partner. These women activists, who are regularly confronted with lobbies, poaching, trafficking and other destructive practices, deserve the utmost admiration.

Read more about their backgrounds and the causes they are fighting for.


‘More women are active on the ground than appear in the limelight’

Véronique Audibert is one of those people who goes straight to the heart of the matter. For over 20 years, her life has been dedicated to the conservation of endangered species. On 25 September 2018, she gave an interview to the Foundation that took us right into the heart of Cambodia’s primary forests, close to the ethnic minorities living in the north-east of the country. Listening to this committed activist, who has no time for superficial stories or jargon-filled platitudes, it becomes clear that the fight for biodiversity does not always occur where we expect it to…

Twenty years have passed since you first encountered the pristine forests of Cambodia, untouched by human presence. Did it come as a shock?

Véronique Audibert : It was an incredible opportunity...

Watch the full interview

See also the news item: ‘NGO Poh Kao receives an award for its work in Cambodia’ here


Find out more about the 18 new projects supported in 2018

Access to the project presentations describing the actions supported by Fondation Ensemble within its "Endangered animal species" special fund.

1. Developing technology to combat sea turtle poaching in Southeast Asia with drones (UAVs), Sabah State, Malaysia, with Marine Research Foundation ;

2. Developing sustainable whale shark interaction guidelines in Puerto Princesa, Palawan province, Philippines, with Lamave ;

3. Conservation of scalloped hammerhead shark in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, with Mision Tiburon ;

4. Enabling place-based conservation initiatives for the Mediterranean monk seal in the Ionian Sea, with Tethys Research Institute ;

5. Research program on fisheries agreements in the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean with Bloom ;

6. Protection of green and hawksbill turtles and creation of a Marine Protected area in the extreme southwest of Côte d’Ivoire with Conservation des Espèces Marines ;

7. Giant otter conservation in the Bolivian Amazon with the Association for Research and Conservation of Amazonian Andean Ecosystems ;

8. Western Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pantherina) Underpass Project around Zeekoevlei lake in South Africa with Cape Town Environmental Education Trust ;

9. Conserving Breeding Sites of the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) on the Hispaniola island, Caribbean, with Grupo Jaragua association ;

10. Conservation of two bird species endemic to the Mediterranean region threatened with extinction, in France, with the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue ;

11. Support for the modernization and development of beekeeping in the Gaoual commune, Guinea-Conakry, with Association Normandie-Guinée ;

12. Enhancing protection of eastern black rhinos through improved surveillance, monitoring and incentives for community support in Kenya Central Region, with Ol Pejeta Conservancy ;

13. Project to renovate and increase security at the ‘Mangily Tortoise Village’ in Madagascar with SOPTOM ;

14. Integrating tiger conservation and coexistence in Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district, India, with Krapavis ;

15. Biodiversity and feeding habits of Asian elephants, in the Xayabury province, Laos, with the IRD (French Research Institute for Development) ;

16. Ecological corridors and habitat connectivity for the brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) in Cimitarra municipality, Colombia with Fundacion Proyeto Primates ;

17. Protection of a chimpanzee community through local community ecotourism in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire with Wild Chimpanzee Foundation ;

18. Community Forestry and Community Patrols for Gibbon protection in the Veun Sai – Siem Pang National Park, Cambodia, with NTFP/Poh Kao ;

In 2008, the Foundation set up a project fund devoted specifically to the conservation of endangered species. This fund has already helped protect 102 species throughout the world.

Click here to access all the ‘Endangered Animal Species’ projects.


Toward an ethical rice production: human and environment friendly
WCS / Cambodia

For over 10 years, WCS has been working in partnership with local organizations and communities in the Tonle Sap floodplains (Cambodia). The NGO trains farmers in Sustainable Rice Platform norms, presented in a new technical factsheet.


Editor-in-chief: O. Braunsteffer
Graphic design and text: B. Galliot, B. Gicquaud
The Foundation wishes to thank its partners for the photographic material included in this issue.
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