Success at various international film festivals!

The Documentary “Alaotra –  Endangered Treasures of Madagascar” produced by Dorcon Film, and in close collaboration with MWC, has already been selected for four international film festivals!

Lorbeeren Alaotra Film_v02

Alaotra film_Dorcon_

Description: Documentary, 72mins, EN/FR/MG with English and French Subtitles.

Summary: A group of European and Malagasy researcher and conservationists want to save the last of the rare Alaotra Gentle Lemur – called “Bandro” – in Madagascar. As habitat – crucial for survival of the Bandro – continues to be destroyed, they are reverting to extraordinary measures: Playing an educational, reality-based boardgame with the locals to change behaviours and turn the wheel of extinction around.

Follow us to some of Madagascar’s hidden places – far away from the touristic centers – to find out what can happen when derivates of our modern times seep slowly into traditional ways of living.

Interested in watching the film? You can do so here!

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


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”


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


Collecte des grains de zozoro pour pépinière


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

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.