Haidar El Ali, the former president of Oceanium for several years, now honorary member, is known as "one of the hundred most influential ecologists on the planet" (Le Monde).
Born in 1953 in the Senegalese town of Louga, he has devoted most of his time to environmental protection for many years. Starting as a diving instructor, he later became a pioneer in Senegalese marine biology and a film maker. His documentaries, focused on raising awareness of environmental protection, have won many awards at international festivals.
A man of action, Haidar has participated in numerous struggles :
Through his engagement, Haidar became knight of the "Ordre National du Mérite par la France", for his struggle against the fishing of sea snails (1998), and officer of the "Ordre National du Mérite et de l’ordre national du Lion par le Sénégal", after risking his life rescuing survivors from the sunken "Joola" ferry (2003). Finally in September 2013, he was elevated to the rank of Officer of the National Order of Merit and the Order of the French Legion of Honor for the importance of its commitment to protecting the environment and sustainable development.
In 2010, a biography about him was published by journalist and author Bernadette Gilbertas: Bernadette, Gilbertas, "Haidar El Ali. Itinéraire d’un écologiste au Sénégal", Editions Terre Vivante, 2010.
In 2012 he has become Minister of Environment of Senegal and Minister of Fisheries in 2013.
Link Vimeo video : http://vimeo.com/16239983
Learn more :
Download the biography of Haidar.
Visit the website of his book at Editions Terre Vivante : http://www.terrevivante.org/858-haidar-interne.htm
His Wikipedia site: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haïdar_El_Ali
Report by Yann Arthus Bertrand for the TV programme "Vu du ciel" on France 3 :
Ensemble, protégeons notre planète !