In September, I visited the small town of Kianjavato in eastern Madagascar to meet with LCN members Conservation Fusion and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to learn about their work first hand. Both Conservation Fusion and MBP work closely with the villages in this area to build a strong foundation for continued conservation of the eleven lemur species in the nearby forests. Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has worked in this region since 2009, and Conservation Fusion began their education programming here in 2010 to help teach the local children about […]
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The goal of Madagascar Wildlife Conservation is to balance conservation and development in
Madagascar‟s Alaotra region by promoting long-term initiatives that integrate biodiversity
conservation, environmental education and rural development using a scientific-based approach.
Which lemurs benefit from MWC?
The critically endangered Hapalemur alaotrensis (vernacular name Bandro; Alaotra gentle lemur)
Alaotra-Mangoro, Alaotra New Protected Area, special conservation zone, “Park Bandro‟ close to Andreba (commune of Ambatosoratra)
So, what does MWC do?
Since 2006 Madagascar Wildlife Conservation (MWC) encourages local communities to learn about, take interest in, and ultimately understand and value their environment. Education is one of the most important requisites for a better living standard as well as for sustainable conservation. Therefore, MWC implements environmental education in the public primary schools (EPP) of the Alaotra region by distributing a comic book in Malagasy language “AROVY FA HARENA” which translates to “protect, because it is richness”. The goal is to raise public sensitivity and appreciation for the importance of an intact lake and preserved marshes. An evaluation conducted in 2011 and 2012 showed a significant increase in environmental knowledge of students receiving environmental education compared to controls.
MWC also promotes sustainable ecotourism in the Alaotra region. Camp Bandro is a tourist facility close to the village Andreba and the special conservation zone Park Bandro. Trained guides take the tourists on a discovery tour in a pirogue. On the lake and in the reed and papyrus marshes in Bandro Park, they can observe the rich variety of birds and the highly endangered Bandros themselves. The management of this facility is a community-based project which serves as a source of further income for the villagers and generates income to finance micro projects for the community, like wells and market stands.
Additionally MWC supports the creation of alternative revenue sources to develop sustainable local microprojects. The aim is to elicit local competence in sustainable resource management, which respects the needs of the villagers and encourages new perspectives. This approach is the background of a project which encourages the villagers to use the invasive water hyacinth as an alternative revenue source.
Who are our collaborators?
MWC collaborates with various stakeholders, from local village associations to regional NGOs, official authorities, and universities. The three programs on education, ecotourism, and livelihoods are ongoing projects and will be continued in the next years.. MWC will focus in the next couple of years on Bandro habitat restoration to reconnect isolated and fragmented subpopulations
Our main partners in the Alaotra region are:
- VOI Andreba; Andreba-based community association with the official mandate from the Ministry of Environment to manage the Park Bandro site at Andreba
- AGBA; local tourist guide association in Andreba responsible for tourist visits at the Park Bandro
- Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Madagascar; NGO with regional office in Ambatondrazaka (Alaotra), responsible for the conservation and management of the New Protected Area Lake Alaotra.
- CISCO; school authorities from Ambatondrazaka and Amparafaravola districts
- Alaotra Rano Soa; Malagasy association based in Ambatondrazaka, responsible for the management of the New Protected Area Lake Alaotra.
- Ministry of Environment, Ecology, Sea and Forests; responsible for the governance of water and forests.
- Ministry of Fisheries; responsible for the governance of fisheries.
- Ministry of Agriculture; responsible for the governance of agricultural production and land.
Want to be part of this change?
MWC is a registered Malagasy association. We have an online donation platform via Paypal:
We also accept direct bank transfers, either to our German-based association MWC Germany, or to MWC‟s bank account in Ambatondrazaka.
via direct bank transfer:
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation – Germany Hannoversche Volksbank BIC-/S.W.I.F.T-Code: VOHADE2H, IBANDE65 2519 0001 0542 5590 00
via direct bank transfer:
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation – Lot 14433 Atsimondrova-Ambatondrazaka-Madagascar
MWC Alaotra Association:
Code banque: 00009
Code guichet: 04500
Numéro de compte: 150 492 500 03
Clé RIB: 12
Domiciliation: BOA Madagascar