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Training in the reception of the visitors of the protected areas in Africa Print

The example of Senegal

The Langue de Barbarie National Park (PNLB), the Djoudj Bird Park (PNOD) and the Guembeul Fauna Reserve

October 24 – 28, 2011

This training of 12 trainees in the reception of the visitors of the protected areas in Senegal was organized within the scope of the convention concluded between OMPO and an Italian development aid structure: CISV (Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato). Having no trainers specialized in ecoguiding, CISV entrusted OMPO with the training of agents mastering the problems  related to their sites.



The course covered two subjects:


Reception of the public


The notions of ecotourisme and ecoguiding were clearly defined. This kind of development combining natural environment and culture tends to increase, in particular because of the high occidental desire to visit Africa, but is still hampered by the lack of training of the local staffs.

The public visiting the protected areas wishes to discover the wild nature and the most emblematic local species. His satisfaction depends on the aptitude of the ecoguides to satisfy this demand under conditions of comfort and safety. This is why the parks shall be able to offer facilities fit to do so, such as tours, lookouts, shelters, information panels… but also tourist welcome facilities (information center, restaurant, boutique, toilets, parking…).

It was taken advantage of the presence of visitors on the site to address and solve certain situations and look how to improve the quality of the services offered by the park.


Knowledge of the nature and of the birds


The ecoguides shall know the birds present on the site during the various seasons of the year. They were informed of the ornithological observation principles. Then the identification criteria of the various species, especially water birds, were specified during practical work inside and in the field. Finally the trainees were initiated in the latest bird study and monitoring techniques.

The course ended with the remittance of an official certificate, signed jointly by Assane Ndoye, curator of the PNLB, Rossella Semina, representative of the CISV and Patrick Triplet, representative of OMPO.