Planète Urgence’ Activity report 2019 publication

Find out in this article the essentials of our activity over the past year such as the impact of our forest preservation and local development programs, the School environmental booster kits (“Eco-kits Scolaires”) as well as volunteer actions.

You will find inside : the editorial from our General Manager, extracts from our Activity Report and finally the option to read it entirely (see bottom of the page).

 


 

« At the dawn of its 20th anniversary, Planète Urgence has refined its strategy and the association is structured to respond with greater force and accuracy to the environmental and social challenges that we have to lie ahead in the years to come.

2019 was a year of strong tension for the planet and for Humans. To the social emergency, visible in France through the « Gilets Jaunes » movement was added a palpable environmental crisis.

French people, just like our local partners, have experienced extreme climatic periods, our teams in Indonesia have witnessed devastating fires in tropical zones, 27% of known animal species are still in danger of extinction and the world continues to lose each year more than 10 million acres of tropical forests (equivalent about 20% of the surface of Metropolitan France).

 

It is within this context that Planète Urgence, an international solidarity NGO which works to strengthen women and men for a sustainable and united planet, has been able to support 117 local partners in 18 countries, has preserved nearly 1,000 hectares of forest through 6 ecosystems protection projects while supporting 42,361 beneficiaries !

 

Have a good reading ! »

 

Amandine Hersant,

General Manager

 

 

 

 

 


 

2019 key figures

 

In 2019, Planète Urgence pursued its missions :

  • Reforestation, ecosystem restoration, sustainable forest management and protection, thanks to the Environment & Development program which brings local and integrated response to the pressures exerted on ecosystems in 6 projects in Indonesia, Madagascar and Cameroon.
  • Strengthen local actors by transferring the skills of 511 volunteers sent on the field with our local partners.
  • Improve the school environment in 4 African countries, thanks to the « Eco-kits Scolaires » operation, in order to offer thousands of students a better access to learning, combined with environmental awareness actions.

 

 

2019 has also been a sign of expansion !

 

Among lots of good news, here are a few:

  • A new General Manager, Amandine Hersant, arrived in June 2019.
  • A new Delegation has been opened in Ecuador, in order to meet the needs of local partners as closely as possible.
  • A new reforestation project in Cameroon has been launched.
  • Alice Modolo, vice-world champion of free diving and passionate about environment has become our official sponsor.

 

 

 

A world global impact

 

Southern Africa

 

Madagascar is undergoing massive deforestation, even though it has a unique biodiversity. A large part large part of its population lives in extreme poverty.

In 2019, E&D took action through 3 projects:

  • TAPIA, whose objective is to reduce human pressure on the tapia forest by restoring it with the members of the VOI, in charge of its sustainable management, while at the same time reforesting various species for their wood-energy needs. This project also aims to provide them with additional income by creating conditions favoring the sustainable production of wild-silk worms, threatened by extinction and of which tapia is its habitat.
  • FANAJARIANA, whose objective is to support 4 municipalities in the districts of Arivonimamo, Atsimondrano and Ambohidratrimo, in order to sustainably improve their availability of wood-energy while preserving the environment and improving the resilience of their inhabitants to climate change
  • AFIBERIA, whose double objective is to contribute to the fight against poverty, reduce human pressure on the forests by supporting the structuring of actors in the wood-energy sector

 

24 partners and 39 projects were supported in 2019 thanks to 127 volunteers from Planète Urgence.

 

Lastly, 27 schools were supported for the 2019-2020 year and 5,837 children received an School Eco-kit, so students are aware of the importance of environmental protection !

 

West and Central Africa

 

Cameroon, along with Indonesia and Madagascar, is one of the 10 main major deforestation fronts recorded in 2018. The situation threatens the wealth of the country’s biodiversity, the communities that depend on it and the adaptation capacity of the countries to climate change.

In 2019, Planète Urgence opened the E&D program in Cameroon, through the implementation of a first pilot project: FARE.

FARE project aims to reduce the direct pressure (demography, migration linked to cross-boarder conflicts) and indirect pressure (climate change) exerted on the Bénoué National Park. The reforestation of multipurpose trees, such as the planting of cashew trees, has been identified as being able to contribute to the preservation of the environment of this agroecological zone and support the emergence of green sectors in favor of the local development of communities bordering the Park.

 

In 2019, 45 partners and 80 projects were supported by volunteer missions.

This year, 30,365 school Eco-kits in 174 establishments were distributed in Benin, Cameroon and Togo.

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

 

In this area, 26 partners and 33 projects were supported in 2019 by the Planète Urgence’ volunteer missions.

Volunteers left for 4 different countries : Peru, Ecuador, Guadeloupe and Mexico.

This represents 84% support from our partners active in the region!

 

Asia

 

Planète Urgence operates in Indonesia, which alone hosts 1/4 of the world’s mangroves: a coastal ecosystem that provides income for more than a million Indonesian women and men.

 

It is through 2 projects that E&D acts:

  • MAHAKAM, whose objective is to restore and conserve the mangrove ecosystem in the south of the Mahakam Delta and to provide viable economic solutions to relieve pressure on the mangrove and raise awareness of the protection of this forest and of its biodiversity.
  • BONTANG, whose objective is to restore the massively deforested mangrove near the Kutai National Park, home to a rich biodiversity.

In Asia, 22 partners and 31 projects were supported by volunteer missions.

 

 

 

Positive financial results

 

In 2019, Planète Urgence’s activities resulted in a surplus of €96,536, an increase of +178% compared to the 2018 financial year !

 

Where do our resources come from ?

  • 73% : sponsorship, partnership
  • 21% : fundraising, donations from individuals
  • 5% : other resources
  • 1% : government grants

 

Thanks to the significant improvement in its funds, Planète Urgence can now plan its activities and their development in a more secure and sustainable way.

To note this year, an increase in the proportion of corporate sponsorship, with 73% contribution in total resources ! In 2019, Planète Urgence received the support of 170 patrons structures, including 23 new.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The use of resources remains substantially identical to 2018, the predominant activity remaining volunteering wich represents 52% of the association’s expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planète Urgence, with the precious help of its partners and donors intends to keep this dynamic to contribute more to making this world more sustainable.

 


 

To read the entire Activity Report:

 

 

To ensure the continuity of our support to our local partners, Planète Urgence reinvents itself

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The sanitary crisis that resulted from the COVID19 emergence and its spread all around the world has been particularly distressing for civil society organizations. Our local partners, on the frontline in the fight against inequalities and the destruction of the environment, have been highly affected. While the need for support increases, the travel restriction measures and the closing of borders prevent skilled volunteers to go on site to support our partners. This is why Planète Urgence decided to reinvent itself through a brand new volunteering offer.

 

As a way to keep in touch and with the objective of identifying the needs and alternative support methods possible, we conducted a study on the impact of COVID19 on our local partners. Among the principal results, we discovered that putting Planète Urgence’s missions on hold had a negative impact on 68% of our partners while 62% of them identified volunteerism as a lever to overcome the crisis’ effects.

Consequently, in order to ensure the continuity of our support and commitment towards our partner organizations and to help them getting back on their feet; Planète Urgence launches its new E-volunteering missions, 100% online. As part of the online missions, the partner organization can now benefit from the weekly support of a qualified volunteer for 3 categories of missions: training, support in tools creation or strategic coaching.

 

How does it work?

 

Because impact is the core of our action, the E-volunteering missions answer the same criteria as on-site missions (no substitution, the project is led by the local partner and no competition with local actors). Those missions are designed hand in hand with our local partners and National Delegates and take into account the specific needs of the partner, its availabilities, and technical capacities in terms of remote communication.

The missions created are then available for our partner companies’ employees through our website. Once the volunteer’s application has been validated by the local partner, and after they completed our online training on e-volunteering, the volunteer and the local organization are put in touch, it’s the beginning of the mission!

Finally, after the mission, reports are filled by the volunteer and the local partner and an evaluation is conducted after 6 months in order to measure the impact for the local partner and define the areas of improvement for the next missions.

 

The types of mission:

 

The volunteers have the opportunity to commit for 3 kinds of missions:

  • Online training
  • Support in the creation of tools
  • Strategic coaching

 

The length of those missions varies depending on the identified need and on the availability of the partner. Hence, the volunteers can commit for 2 to 10 weeks, from 2 to 12 hours per week.

Visit our search page for missions to get involved in a e-volunteering mission (the e-volunteering missions are only open to employees from our partner companies).

Doing a e-volunteering mission

The e-volunteering missions have been created by Planète Urgence following the global sanitary crisis and aim to answer our partner organization’s needs all over the world, without any on-site travel for our volunteers.

 

This new offer allows us to ensure the continuity of our support towards our partners who have been highly impacted throughout the first half of 2020. E-volunteering missions are open to employees from our partner companies only. As no travel is required, they offer the opportunity to employees who cannot go for international missions to get involved and support an organization abroad.

 

For E-volunteering missions, the volunteer’s commitment can go from 2 to more than 12 hours per week, during 2 to 10 weeks. The missions advertised belong to 3 different categories:

  • Online training: the volunteer uses their expertise to answer an organization’s needs for capacity building through online classes adapted to the local organization’s expectations.
  • Support in tools creation: the volunteer supports the local partner in designing and creating tools (communication, marketing, project management, etc.)
  • Strategic support: the volunteer guide members from the local organization on the analysis of their situation and the measure to implement regarding a specific topic that has been identified beforehand.

The application process

  • 1 Application

Look for a mission and apply by filling a short get-in-touch form

  • 2 Validation

Your referent form the volunteers’ support department will contact you. Together, you will identify the dates of the mission and gather your application documents such as a cover letter etc. Your company validates your mission.

  • 3 Confirmation

Your mission is validated by the local partner.

  • 4 Online training

Training entirely online and first contact with the local partner for the beginning of the mission.