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Little Earth of Guadeloupe - Striking a balance

Main language: French

Available subtitles : French and English

With the participation of: Reguar, Mon Ecole ma Baleine, Ti Tè, the primary school of Bragelogne and Le Moule secondary school of Saint Dominique

Film Location: Guadeloupe

Realesed late 2021

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Synopsis

Nearly one million species are now threatened with extinction, often in the recklessness of the population. 

In Guadeloupe, sharks seem to be the witnesses of this fracture with nature… However, natural resources are fundamental to the existence of human life. The densities of fish in the archipelago no longer make it possible to feed the population or to offer fishermen a sustainable occupation.

Can we find the balance between environmental preservation and human activities? 

The nature reserve of Little Earth inspires us, like a symbol of the protection of our planet. Associations, fishermen, schools bring their points of view on a common problem. One by one, their testimonies lead us, like pieces of a puzzle, to a global vision. An essential message to bring all actors around the table and implement concrete and beneficial solutions for all.

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Direction and shooting: Delphine Mathy and Clément Carel

Invested in environmental protection and social justice, Delphine Mathy and Clément Carel produce committed reports around the world. In 2017, they created their first film « Living with Wildlife, a Namibian Example » in Namibia. The country is a revelation on the different aspects of the cohabitation between humans and wild animals and the film was a success for its innovative point of view. They therefore launched their organisation « Curiosity – Whispering Future » and began making a documentary in the same line, this time on their host island, in Guadeloupe!

Photos of the shooting

Main stakeholders

Océane Beaufort

Océane BEAUFORT
REGUAR

The mission of the French West Indies Shark Network is to study and protect sharks and rays on the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Martin and St Barthélemy. Coordinated by Kap Natirel, the association is of paramount importance for these endangered and under-represented animals. Océane Beaufort, scientist in ecology and coordinator of the shark network, presents their situation in these Caribbean islands.

Nelly PÉLISSON
Mon École, ma Baleine

With Nelly Pelisson at its head, Mon école ma baleine is an educational NGO committed to the protection of marine mammals for more than 10 years. By popularising scientific data, they raise awareness among the population, from the youngest to the oldest. Their commitment led them to be the first support staff appointed by the Ministry of the Environment to set up an Educational Marine Area in Guadeloupe.

Éric DELCROIX
Ti Tè association

Éric Delcroix is in charge of the marine turtle conservation programme in Guadeloupe at the « ONCFS » (the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife). He is also the project manager for Ti Tè, the association that manages the Little Earth nature reserve.These two small islands have an exceptional natural heritage with the presence of numerous endangered marine and terrestrial species. They are therefore the subject of special attention to ensure their protection and to raise the awareness of its visitors.

« There are countries that develop thanks to the presence of sharks. There are economies that develop thanks to the presence of sharks. And above all, these animals play an essential role in the survival of marine ecosystems. »

Océane BEAUFORT

REGUAR

« We are not going to protect cetaceans if we don’t know them. So the first thing to do is to know how these animals live. »

Nelly Pelisson

Nelly PÉLISSON

Mon École, ma Baleine

« There are species that did not reproduce in Little Earth 20 years ago, before the creation of the reserve. The fact that it is protected, the fact that the environment is preserved, coming from other islands, these species have naturally returned to settle. »

Eric Delcroix

Éric DELCROIX

Ti Tè Association

Pourquoi ce reportage ?

Dès notre première escale dans l’archipel, durant notre traversée de l’Atlantique, nous avons été  choqués par le contraste entre les îles très naturelles et préservées du Cap Vert et le style de tourisme qui y était parfois développé. 

La petite ville de Santa Maria, sur l’île de Sal, en a été pour nous un exemple marquant. D’une part pour l’importance de sa biodiversité et d’autre part pour l’impact négatif de son secteur touristique. 

Car si ce lieu possède une valeur particulière pour sa population de tortues marines, il est également le centre d’intérêt d’entreprises friandes de plages de sable blanc. 

Ceci engendre une pression de plus en plus forte sur l’environnement, via la construction de nouveaux hôtels sur les plages, la production importante de déchêts ou encore la destruction des dunes par des véhicules et des excursions inappropriées… D’autant plus que ce type de tourisme bénéficie principalement à de grosses entreprises étrangères et altère les relations sociales entre la population locale et les visiteurs. 

Heureusement, nous avons rencontré l’association « Project Biodiversity » qui fait un travail remarquable pour préserver la biodiversité de l’île, à commencer par les tortues!

Leurs actions de sensibilisation sont essentielles à nos yeux pour permettre à l’ensemble des acteurs présents de comprendre l’importance de l’enjeu et surtout les possibilités qui s’offrent à eux. 

Car le développement du tourisme n’est pas en désaccord avec la protection de l’environnement, à condition qu’il soit fait de manière réfléchie et responsable ! 

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