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Welcome to the seven new protected areas created in the Alaotra Mangoro Region
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. more >>
Dancing frogs, football triumph and a raging dance floor: News from the 2014 Mangabe Festival
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. more >>
A week to consolidate community engagement to biodiversity conservation in the Moramanga district
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Monday, 07 April 2014 15:01

From 24th to 28th March 2014, 54 leaders and members of 12 community-based organisations working with Madagasikara Voakajy in Moramanga and Ambatondrazaka districts got together to foster their engagement for conserving the unique biodiversity in their villages, part of the unique biodiversity of Madagascar. more >>
Marking Mangabe (Part 1)
Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:30
It's a misty morning when we leave Moramanga for ten days of fieldwork in Mangabe, where we are setting up and promoting a new protected area. Humidity clearly reaches its peak at dawn, and I can barely recognize the shapes of the bigger buildings. The streets are already full of people and animals running around. The team going to Mangabe is quite large, and every couple of minutes the car stops to pick somebody new up. Soon I lose track of how many people are in the car, and of who's who. There are MV staff, people from the topographical and forest agencies of the government, representatives of local communities, mayors, a cook and who knows who else. more >>
Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra 2013 Festival in Ampahitra
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:47

Festival Mangabe 2013_II

The 2013 Mangabe festival was held on 25th May 2013 in Ampahitra, a small village 13km south of Moramanga, on the way to Anosibe An'Ala, and at the edge of Mangabe-Ranomena-Sahasarotra, a new protected area. Annually, since 2011, this festival is organized by Madagasikara Voakajy and the community-based organizations involved in the management of this new protected area. The festival aims to raise the profile of the golden mantella frog amongst the stakeholders in Mangabe and encourage the communities living within and around this new protected area to engage in the conservation of this emblematic species and its habitat. more >>
Communities conserving golden frogs
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Friday, 07 May 2010 18:48

We provided two new conservation signs for the Mangabe community-based organisation. more >>

Building local capacity within Mangabe Protected Area
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. more >>
Hydrological and Ecological Impact of Environmental Change in Mangabe - echos from the field
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. more >>
Marking Mangabe (Part 2)
Monday, 05 August 2013 15:23
On our fourth day I wake up a bit later, and I stay in my tent to read and write. Around eight our cook makes some coffee for the team – no sugar for the vazaha, he says giggling. My eating habits are a constant source of amusement for the team and nobody can understand how I can eat so little rice. But really, if you had a look at the ridiculous amounts of rice my team mates eat at every meal you would understand how. We have fries for breakfast, which is a welcome change after the dried fish we had yesterday. And the day before. I like this place, it's quiet, and being away from the villages I don't have children staring at me all day long. more >>

Red Lands
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:28
Red lands_3 I just got back from my first field mission in a rural community in eastern Madagascar. The village of Antsiradava, literally meaning the long beach, is located in Ambatondrazaka district. A handful of mud houses with straw roofs are scattered around the red dirt road - all around it, agricultural fields, zebu pens, and a few fruit trees. Red dust covers every single building, villager, or farm animal, and there are quite a few of those. Shepherds lead small herds of zebus through the main road, and hordes of chicken, geese and ducks chase each other among the houses. Hungry-looking dogs and barefoot children complete the picture. When the sun is out it's pleasant enough to stay out in the streets, sipping some warm coke – no electricity for the fridge, here – but during the Malagasy winter a fine rain often falls on the dusty village. more >>
Capacity building community-based organisations in Ambatondrazaka
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:09

During the month of May our community conservation team worked closely with the  community-based organisations involved in our capacity building programme. more >>