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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 iconThe supply of illegal tortoise meat to Toliara City, south-western Madagascar

    A range of endemic and protected vertebrate species from Madagascar are threatened by the demand for bushmeat. We report on the number of discarded carapaces from illegally killed Critically Endangered radiated tortoises Astrochelys radiata in an urban centre in south-west Madagascar. 

  • file iconHabitat use by the endemic Malagasy bat Hipposideros commersoni in a littoral forest

    We investigated habitat use by the endemic Malagasy bat Hipposideros commersoni in evergreen littoral rainforest during the wet season in 2006, in order to better inform conservation guidelines. We used radiotracking to locate roosting and foraging sites.

  • 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).

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Capacity Building

'Capacity Building' is a much used, and abused, term in biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Madagasikara Voakajy's version of capacity buidling falls into two categories, give and take.

Building our capacity ('taking')

Madagasikara Voakajy was created in 2005 following a series of projects that were aimed at building the capacity of Malagasy biologists. The new organisation gave the best of these students the opportunity to develop their careers and realise their ambitions.

Nowadays, Madagasikarar Voakajy's personnel require their capcaity to be nurtured, supported and used. After all, their capacity was 'built' about a decade ago. 

However, there are a number of disciplines and subject areas in which Madagasikara Voakajy requires its capacity to be built. We are therefore actively seeking partners to help us build strong foundations in these areas.

Building the capacity of others ('giving')

We have an ongoing education and outreach programme that provides support and training for Malagasy students, professionals and community organisations.

We work with three Malagasy university departments to provide research students with experience of conducting field studies, as well as providing work experience opportunities.

We also build the capacity of wildlife professionals, and this has included GIS training for Madagascar National Park staff and training courses on animal biology and identificatin for national park guides. Our community program is supporting the capacity of village-based organisations to sustainably manage natural resources and protect biodiversity.