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News from the Field

  • Madagasikara Voakajy joins IUCN

    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.

  • Capacity building highlights in 2015

    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. 

     

  • Herps team surveying the population structure, microhabitat and activities of Mantella cowanii

                    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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New Publications

  • file iconBat News Winter 2015

    This winter in the UK (summer in Madagascar), the Bat News of Bat Conservation Trust features the Bats of Madagascar. Read the full article here (icon Bat News Winter 2015).

  • file iconPAG_NAPAmpotaka

    Management Plan - Ampotaka/Ankorabe New Protected Area. November 2014

  • file iconPAG_NAPAmbatofotsy

    Management Plan - Ambatofotsy New Protected Area. November 2014.


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History

Madagasikara Voakajy was created in May 2005 following four capacity building projects organized by the Universities of Kent and Aberdeen in the UK and the University of Antananarivo and Toliara in Madagascar funded by the British government (Darwin Initiative).

These capacity building projects were successful, with over 20 students obtaining their Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in subjects related to the ecology and conservation of bats and chameleons. However, it became clear that there were few opportunities for trainees to continue their studies or obtain employment in their specialist fields. Furthermore, other training programmes concentrated on taxonomy, systematics and species inventories and there was a noticeable lack of emphasis on ecology (defined as the relationship between plants, animals and their environment).

Madagasikara Voakajy was established to consolidate the investment in capacity building through providing career opportunities for Malagasy biologists to become leaders in the conservation and ecological study of bats, chameleons and other small vertebrates.

Madagasikara Voakajy was established with the support of the Conservation Leadership Programme, Darwin Initiative, University of Aberdeen and Conservation International.

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