Conservation Projects – Education

Planting seeds for the future

Our Malagasy alumni have been planting seeds for a sustainable future in nature conservation among school children in Anosibe An’Ala, and Anabohazo in eastern and western Madagascar, respectively. This education programme uses bats, frogs, lemurs and other endemic and threatened biodiversity of Madagascar to create awareness of the threats facing species and their habitats. Beyond participating in key events like the annual lemur festival in Anabohazo, the alumni have created conservation awareness, and distributed posters and handbooks they published on the environment to primary schools in both regions.

As the pupils and their teachers graduate from this programme, they become ambassadors for conservation in their home villages. These champions will help Madagascar halt the degradation and overexploitation of its rainforests that are so important for the country’s unique variety of plants and animals. One of the long term livelihood benefits for the local people will be continued provision of water for drinking and for generation of electricity, as has happened in Anosibe An’Ala. A direct outcome of this programme is the discovery of a new population of the Sambirano mouse lemur.

As the alumni continue their efforts to help reduce direct pressures on forest biodiversity, they promise to step up research activities to enable Madagascar achieve her development goals. Already, the alumni have identified a suitable location in Anabohazo, where they plan to construct a research station. They also promise to continue with outreach activities

“The project demonstrates the importance of forests in sustaining life. Without the forest, the local community won’t have waterfalls, and without waterfalls they won’t have free access electricity.

It is the same for drinking water”

Dr Radosoa A. Andrianaivoarivelo, Team member for Anosibe An’Ala region