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Madagasikara Voakajy joins IUCN
Education
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 10:10

IUCN Member In February 2016, Madagasikara Voakajy officially joined IUCN as a member. For the past ten years, members of our team have been part of the IUCN/SSC. This opportunity will allow us to engage more in IUCN’s vision and mission, and network with other IUCN members. We are grateful to Rainforest Trust and Fauna and Flora International for supporting our membership application.

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Herps team surveying the population structure, microhabitat and activities of Mantella cowanii
Frogs
Written by Jessica Raharimalala   
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:56

                Mantella cowanii is classified as Endangered by the IUCN red list of threatened species due to its very restricted area of occupancy to a few sites. In addition to that, the species is mainly threatened by the habitat loss. The conservation efforts through the Action Plan Mantella cowanii (APMC) seem to be positive for the species has been down listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered in 2014.

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Welcome to the seven new protected areas created in the Alaotra Mangoro Region
Communities
Written by Jessica Raharimalala   
Monday, 14 September 2015 20:04

At the very start, Madagasikara Voakajy (MV) used to run researches on species conservation. Madagasikara Voakajy was created in 2005 following two projects on Malagasy species conservation called The Chameleons project in 1998 and the Lamin’Asa Fiarovana Ramanavy sy Fanihy in 2000. Through these works of research, the team had already recommended conservation measures adapted to threatened species. And the Government’s vision to increase the surface of the protected areas to 6 million hectares was the natural issue of these recommendations.

In 2008, MV decided to contribute to the creation of seven new protected areas (NPA) in the Alaotra Mangoro Region, to achieve the country’s challenge to triple the surface of terrestrial protected areas.

After many efforts, the decrees of creation of seven NPAcovering 30823 hectares were finally approved on 2015.

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How many fruits a baobab tree can have?
Baobabs
Written by Daudet Andriafidison   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 05:33

Baobab buds and flower

And how many baobabs are there? These are among the key questions Madagascar need answers to for defining a sustainable harvesting model for baobab fruits. To contribute answering these questions and already prepare the field for such harvesting, Madagasikara Voakajy team spent 51 days in Menabe Region in June and July 2015.

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Conservation Hero at Madagasikara Voakajy
Bats
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 17:12

daudet We are pleased to announce that Daudet Andriafidison, Community and Conservation Programme Manager at Madagasikara Voakajy, has been selected among the 19 Disney Worldwide Conservation Hero. A great thank you to Lubee Bat Conservancy who nominated him!

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What an awareness campaign can do!
Education
Written by Mahefatiana Ralisata   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 12:20

Exercise: Draw a flying fox presenting its ecological roles

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Capacity building highlights in 2015
Chameleons
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Saturday, 02 January 2016 13:45

From 11th to 14th of August, Raphali Andriantsimanarilafy, reptiles lead researcher at Madagasikara Voakajy, followed a training Distance Sampling at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The main objective of this training is to help researchers in the world working on population assessment to have a good knowledge on how to use and how work Distance software. Distance sampling is one method using point or line transect for collecting data in the field. Many researchers from different country or institutions working on different taxa attended this workshop. The training was given by the experts on Distance Sampling from the University of St Andrews. Back in Madagascar, he used (and will continue to use) his newly learned skills to analyse our existing data, and design future research on reptiles and other species within our organization. 

Raphali   Raphali

 
Calumma tarzan
Chameleons
Written by Jessica Raharimalala   
Sunday, 11 October 2015 21:37

 

Calumma tarzan, or Tarzan’s chameleon, was discovered in 2009 in the Anosibe An’Ala district.Subsequent research shows that this species is endemic to the district, where it is only know from three small forest fragments: near the village Tarzanville, Ambatofotsy forest and Ampotaka forest.

                                                                            Location of the forest fragments where C. tarzan occurs

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Building local capacity within Mangabe Protected Area
Communities
Written by Jessica Raharimalala   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 21:59

The Mangabe – Ranomena – Sahasarotra New Protected Area (NPA) is located in the Moramanga district. The decree of its creation was published on April 2015, the 21st  (Décret N° 2015-725 du 21 Avril 2015).

From July, 15th to August 17th, our team carried out a field work there, led by Voahirana RANDRIAMAMONJY. The main purpose of our trip was to inform the villagers living around the NPA about the official decree.

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International Youth Day celebration in Moramanga district
Education
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Friday, 14 August 2015 17:03

La Jeunesse de Madagasikara Voakajy a répondu présente à la célébration de la Journée Internationale de la Jeunesse dans le district de Moramanga. Notre équipe, dirigée par Eddie Rakotondrasoa, a profité de cette opportunité pour faire connaître aux jeunes de Moramanga, ainsi qu'au Premier Ministre de Madagascar, la création récente de la Nouvelle Aire Protégée Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra dans ce district, ainsi que nos autres priorités et activités.

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Dancing frogs, football triumph and a raging dance floor: News from the 2014 Mangabe Festival
Communities
Written by Deborah Bower   
Saturday, 04 October 2014 08:08

It was a ratsy lalana to Beparasy, or a bad road to Mangarivotra as we soon found out. This little town in eastern Madagascar, located 54km from the town of Moramanga, has recently been renamed from “Many fleas” to “Blue air” in a bid to increase its appeal. Yet appeal it had as Madagasikara Voakajy launched their third annual festival to celebrate the hard work that local Malagasy communities have been undertaking in a bid to protect their forest from the devastation of environmental threats such as slash-and burn agriculture and illegal gold mining.

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Hydrological and Ecological Impact of Environmental Change in Mangabe - echos from the field
Communities
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:51

As a collaboration between Madagasikara Voakajy, King’s College London, Bangor University, University of Antananarivo, The Royal Geographical Society and the P4GES project, our research team set out on the 4th of June for 2.5 weeks of fieldwork in Mangabe. We visited multiple sites in the region to measure water infiltration rates, study vegetation density, and carry out an accuracy assessment to verify our land use change maps. We were specifically looking to find out what effects land use change has on local hydrology and ecology.

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