Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
Regroupement des Femmes de Popenguine pour la Protection de la Nature
This description of Wolimata Thiaw's work was prepared when Wolimata Thiaw was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Wolimata Thiaw has launched a volunteer women’s movement to firmly place the responsibility, ownership, and benefit of protecting the environment in the hands of local communities. By not separating the environment from other community needs—indeed by doing the very opposite, by showing how caring for the environment can help bring about highly desired, broader community development, Wolimata is able to bring about the long term behavior change that has long eluded government environmental agencies.
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