Training at Durrell Conservation Academy

MWC Coordinator Lucile Raveloarimalala was selected as participant of the CEPF-funded training at Durrell Conservation Academy!

Lucile perceives this 8 week course as a unique chance for her to expand and deepen her knowledge and experience in conservation. She is looking forward to learning new methods and approaches to implement them in innovative, synergistic projects, thereby further increasing her conservation impact. She is especially looking forward to the courses and practical exercises in monitoring, community-based conservation, protected area management, project management and fundraising. Further, she is keen to learn more about scientific reporting and leadership skills, and to act as multiplier within MWC and with local partners, to likewise increase their capacities for conservation.

Congratulations on this great opportunity!Durrell Cepf training

NOEL ET FIN D’ANNÉE DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ ANDREBA-GARA AVEC MWC_ DES JOURS DE PLANTATION de ZOZORO ET PROJECTION FILMS DOCUMENTAIRES

26677810_537534443277070_9058793185674882438_oProjection film documentaire 1: “Island of Lemurs Madagascar” au Camp Bandro Andreba-gara26240727_537530426610805_4331199884462373080_oProjection film documentaire 2 : “ALAOTRA_Endangered Treasures of Madagascar”

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Photo du groupe pour planter du zozoro dans le Parc Bandro pendant 4 jours

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Collecte des grains de zozoro pour pépinière

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Planter du zozoro pour la préservation de la biodiversité

New paper out “Perception of change: Narratives and strategies of farmers in Madagascar”

New paper out “Perception of change: Narratives and strategies of farmers in Madagascar” by Natasha Stoudmann, Patrick O. Waeber, Ihoby H. Randriamalala, Claude A. Garcia (Available here https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Vm6B2eyKFVpjq)

Summary: Farmers in the Anthropocene are exposed to drivers of change stemming from multiple sources, sometimes distant from their immediate neighbourhood. These socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances are referred to as telecoupling. How do they impact the rural communities in developing countries? How do poor farmers perceive change and react to it? This study explores these questions with rural communities of Madagascar’s Maningory watershed. We use the Q methodology, developed for the quantitative study of subjectivity in order to investigate the perception of change of these farmers and their reactive behaviour to perceived stresses and shocks. Participants recognise experiencing changes stemming from a wide variety of areas of their lives, from decreasing quantity of rain to increasing school fees. The five resulting factors from the Q method illustrate a large panel of possible behaviours in the face of change, potentially linked to different levels of vulnerability amongst farmers. Participants appear to largely adopt reactive measures and are often left to their own devices. A lack of human and social capital forces them to tap into the natural capital within their grasp, increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and their resources. A stronger involvement of governmental institutions could in part alleviate the situation. Increasing risk awareness as well as strengthening knowledge exchanges and experience transfer that take into account resource dependency and gender differences is recommended to increase the resilience of the socio-ecological system.