Kalissaye Education Centre






East Atlantic flyway


Migratory Birds for People


Name of organisation:

Kalissaye Ornithological Reserve (ROK)

Funding support:

Direction of the National Parks of Senegal, NGO Nature Communautés Développement (NCD), BirdLife, Wetlands International, RAMPAO

Staff number:


Main goals

Conservation of species and habitats / support for income-generating activities, environmental education, training of students in fruit plant production techniques, supervision and technical support for EIGs of women working in bachelorette salting, oyster farming, market gardening, etc.

Description of the centre:

The Kalissaye Ornithological Reserve covers an area of 220 ha. It is administratively located in the Ziguinchor Region, in the Bignona Department and in the commune of Kafountine (North-West of Casamance / Senegal). The area includes various types of habitats, most of which are mangroves, oil palms, mudflats and water bodies. The reserve includes three main islets (karonnes islands, bliss islands and the small kassa islands) on which 10 villages are located.

Work areas

Main CEPA work areas

The Kalissaye Ornithological Reserve has a long tradition of communication communication and awareness.

In the field of the
communication, it regularly relies on the services of local radio and television stations. It often uses traditional communicators and partners (Management Committee, Eco-Guards EIG, Association of Friends of the ROK, Women’s Group, students) to convey messages related to environmental awareness and education.

Top three successes

The protection of the reproduction of royal and Caspian terns.
– Reforestation of degraded areas.
– Remediation of breeding and wintering areas for Western Palearctic migratory birds. This activity is carried out jointly with the communities, in particular the ROK management bodies, the educational community (pupils, parents, teachers), etc.
– Monitoring of marine turtles and humpback dolphins

Top three challenges

The construction of an eco-tourism camp. The reasons are related to the lack of financial resources to cover the costs of purchasing equipment and labour.
– Monitoring of reforested plots. This is due to the lack of resources to rent motorized boats.

Areas of experience

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat


Engaging the local community; Engaging young people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools



E-mail mamesandebeyasadio@gmail.com

tel: 00221 33 994 45 46 or 00221 77 379 18 04

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