Who we are
Dahari means “sustainable” or “forever” in Comorian.
Its slogan Komori ya leo na meso translates as “the Comoros of today and tomorrow”.
Dahari’s mission is to create sustainable and productive landscapes with Comorian communities. We implement projects to restore degraded lands and forests in the Comoros and to preserve rivers and marine ecosystems while improving the living conditions of the population. To do this, we have developed a strategy grounded in five areas informed by the expertise of our multinational collaborators: rural development (agriculture, agroforestry, livestock farming), the management of terrestrial natural resources, the management of marine resources, biodiversity conservation (including ecological research) and ecotourism.
Dahari was born out of the Community Engagement for Sustainable Development (ECDD) project launched in 2008, which itself came out of the Comoros Conservation project initiated in 2005. Currently we have 60 staff members and a budget of 810,000 euros for 2020. The programs we are developing are aligned with our vision of a dynamic and united Comorian society, in control of its future, whilst living in harmony with its environment.
We provide quality work and are fully committed to serving communities and biodiversity.
We are dedicated to transparency and honesty within the team, as well as with the communities and our technical and financial partners in order to create long-lasting relationships of trust.
We empower local communities and work closely with them to develop all of our actions.
We seek to identify innovative approaches and techniques recognized for their effectiveness in other countries, and we adapt them to the Comorian context.
Spirit of learning
We rely on a regular evaluation of our working methods and our results in order to stay close to the realities of a constantly changing environment.
We support farmers to adopt agroecological techniques and improved crop varieties resilient to the effects of climate change, with the aim of increasing their income.
We empower rural communities to develop strategies for the sustainable use of their territories by integrating the protection of key natural resources such as water, soil, forests and coral reefs.
We promote effective conservation of Comoros biodiversity by local communities through proposing actions based on social and ecological research.
We organize tourist visits to promote the culture and the biodiversity of the Comoros with the aim of generating income for communities, our local partners and the NGO.
Launch of the Community Engagement for Sustainable Development Project (ECDD) managed by Bristol Zoo Gardens
The first team made up of 6 people
UK Government Darwin Initiative and GEF funding through the PoWPA (Program of Work on Protected Areas) funds
The Ecology area is created along with mapping projects and studies on birds, butterflies, and reptiles in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Funding from the French Development Agency
Team of 20 people
The Mpagé agricultural experimentation and demonstration site is established.
Exchange visits to Madagascar to learn about approaches and the development of an NGO
The Farmer Field School approach for agricultural support is adopted
Publication of forest and distribution maps for terrestrial species on the three islands
2013Dahari is created on February 16, 2013
First Agricultural Fair
First funding from the European Union for the Rural Development component
Dahari becomes the first Comorian member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Launch of the marine program in partnership with Blue Ventures
Team of 50 people
First funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Beginning of the collaboration with Bangor University and ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center)
First reforestation campaign
First Livingstone fruit bat roosting site co-management agreement signed in Adda
Joined CIRAD's Germination network for the promotion of crop varieties
Release of Sing 4 Comoros Forests, an album written by the best Comorian artists to encourage the reforestation of Anjouan, followed by a series of concerts
First activities in Grande Comore with the Ujamaa association
Organization of the first fishery closure in Anjouan
Recruitment of community agents for the intervention villages
Emergency response to Cyclone Kenneth in partnership with the Red Crescent
The Mobilization team is created
The Ecology and Natural Resources Management teams are merged
Emergency response to Covid-19 in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Health
Drafting of a new five-year strategic plan using an inclusive approach
First professional teleworking training program for the team