To understand and conserve at least 12 Priority Areas for Plant Conservation by supporting the sustainable use of their natural resources and increasing the natural capital of their peripheral zones taking into account the knowledge and practices of local communities and promoting awareness, empowerment and capacity building of stakeholders to improve the living conditions of humanity.
THIS MAKES US PROUD!
One reason from each of MBG’s conservation site for 2019
Women just active as men in our conservation activities.
Five years now with zero fire, zero shifting cultivation and zero cutting of trees.
Monitoring diurnal lemurs along more than 40 km of transects.
Forest successfully protected against wild fires for 5 years now.
75% of farmers formerly occupying the protected area have now exchanged these plots for equivalent land outside of the forest.
Launch of work to restore gallery forest with installation of model tree nursery.
Creation of dream team to manage this difficult site.
Our staff are leaders in regional conservation platforms.
Pointe à Larrée
Installation of 4 huge tree nurseries (total area 864m²) to support restoration and reforestation endeavours.
Development of a partnership with Anthropology Dept. at Washington University St Louis to study lemurs.
Participation of whole team and representatives of local community to develop management plan that is now being implemented.
The five underlying principles of Conservation Unit
We reject both the unthinking implementation of activities at a succession of sites irrespective of need and decision-making based on unsupported preconceptions.
Rather, we develop work plans based on the collection and analysis of information.
When methods are unproven, they are monitored and tested using an experimental approach.
Never would we want to exclude locals from their natural heritage and create reserves that serve only researchers, tourists, and other outsiders.
Such an approach would be both unfair and ultimately unlikely to result in long-term biodiversity conservation.
To avoid such exclusion while still achieving conservation is a major challenge that requires valorizing each area for local stakeholders, developing in them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the site, and empowering them to oversee the sustainable management of the natural resources in their area, there by creating a “stewardship paradigm” in which it makes more sense for them to use natural wealth sustainably than to squander it..
Often it is the young and the new immigrants to an area who, lacking their own land, are forced to seek their livelihoods from the non-sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
Although quick results can be obtained by focusing efforts on winning the support of the powerful, there is often a rapid turnover among these people, and today’s powerful ally can be quickly replaced by his/her competitor, with disastrous results for the project.
To understand fully the threats to a site and to develop effective methods to diminish these threats requires the full engagement of the entire community..
Therefore, community-based conservation must find ways of working with traditions and, where possible, valorize local cultures to achieve the project’s objectives.
Often, conservation approaches are perfectly consistent with local cultures and their acceptability much enhanced if framed in this context.
In addition, we believe that unwritten societal rules are more powerful in controlling abusive exploitation of natural resources than is national legislation, and certainly more resilient to the whims of national politicians.
There is little opportunity or motivation to develop the personal commitment and understanding needed to fight for the kind of change that is urgently required or to grasp and deal with the complex and site-specific causes of environmental degradation.
To avoid this scenario, at MBG-Madagascar we place our best people closest to the problem, challenge them to understand the complex reasons for the environmental degradation in their communities, and trust and empower them to work with local stakeholders to develop and implement an effective program of activities to achieve for their project goal.
Location of our community-based conservation projects
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ARE WE SUCCEEDING?
Rakotonirina et al. 2019. Taxonomy and conservation of Dalbergia(palisander, rosewood) in Madagascar progress and prospects.
Rakotoarivelo et al. 2019. Wild edible plants in Vohibe forest, in Ambalabe community, Madagascar.
Rabarimanarivo et al. 2019. Malagasy inselbergs Neglected but floristically diverse and in need of conservation.
Raharimampionona et al. 2019. Evaluation of three governance approaches to offsetting residual impacts
of QMM’s mining activities in SE Madagascar.
Rakouth et al. 2019. Conservation and Taxonomy based on leaves and barks of most exploited species
of woody Diospyros spp. (EBENACEAE) in Madagascar. Preliminary results.
Andrianarivelo et al. 2019. Searching for extinct or endangered species in Madagascar, a case study of the Asteraceae,
Fabaceae, Orchidaceae, and Poaceae families.
Ramahefamanana et al. 2019. Evolution of Tapia Woodland On The Fire Prone Grasslands of Ibity Massif from 1947 to 2016 .
is a 5-year strategic partnership between IUCN NL, WWF Netherlands and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from 2016 to 2020).
Together with over 50 NGOs and civil society organisations in 16 low- and middle-income countries and international partners.
SRJS aims to safeguard healthy, biodiverse ecosystems in order to protect climate resilience, the water supply and food security, it is done so by strengthening the joint capacities to increase the influence in multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments and businesses.
In Madagascar, the initiative SRJS is implemented in two site, Ampasindava and Soalala, by a consortuim formed by five organisations.
Aliance Voahary Gasy (AVG), a Platform of civil society is the technical lead of all activities ; Malagasy NGO Fanamby, a transversal support and facilitation of private sector commitments, Malagasy Association Famelona, manager of Ampasindava landscape, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in charge of activities in Soalala landscape, and Missouri Botanical Garden, in charge of the financial management of the consortium and represent IUNC -NL.
An exchange on mineral resources governance has been organized between SRJS Madagascar and SRJS Philippines.
During the exchange a forum of mutli stakeholders in mine sector of Madagascar held in Antananarivo.
Madagascar - Philippines learning exchange, Reports.
Madagascar - Philippines learning exchange, forum of mutlistakeholders, Reports.
Madagascar - Philippines learning exchange, forum of mutlistakeholders, press book.
Madagascar - Philippines learning exchange, documentary film.
Too often Malagasy children are remote from their natural and cultural heritage.
Themed ABD books (there is no C in Malagasy) can help bridge this gap.
Here you can download two versions of these publications one has a national focus while the other was especially created to serve the Bara children living around the Analavelona Sacred Forest.
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