About Us

Madagasikara Voakajy uses conservation science and community participation to protect endemic Malagasy species and their habitats. We currently have projects devoted to chameleons, frogs, bats, and baobabs and a number of cross-programme strategies allow these different activities to be integrated.

Our Mission

1. Livelihoods and exploitation

It is important to understand how biodiversity functions as an economic resource and whether it provides opportunities for conservation or threats to populations and habitats. We are interested in the consumption of wild animals (bats, lemurs, frogs) by people and how this contributes to income generation and food security. The threats associated with bushmeat are also being explored, and these include the risk of pathogen transfer from animals to people and the consequences of unsustainable exploitation on population persistence. We are also investigating other ways that our focal species may be exploited to improve livelihoods, including ecotourism, direct payments for conservation and community-benefits for trade in CITES Appendix II species.

2. Applied re earch and conservation science

Decisions about conservation management and resource allocation are best made with robust scientific data that holds up to scrutiny. We therefore strive to conduct high quality research and publish it in peer-reviewed journals. Where possible we make our research projects relevant to conservation and livelihoods. For example, we are using results from a studies on diet and movements by flying foxes to promote their conservation as seed dispersers. Only though a better understanding of the ecology our our focal species can we hope to tailor appropriate conservation plans.

3. Education and Capacity Building

Education is the conrnerstone of community conservation and we always engage local people in the sites where we work. Indeed, our focal species tend to either be unprotected (e.g. bats), occur outside of protected areas (e.g. Mantella aurantiaca) or are neglected by other conservation teams (e.g. chameleons) and community participation and cooperation is therefore essential.

Through our student training programme we continue to nurture the next generation of Malagasy scientists. However, we also believe that capacity needs to be supported after its creation and we therefore aim to build the careers of promising Malagasy biologists through employment in Madagasikara Voakajy.

4. Site-based Conservation

Increasingly we are becoming involved in conserving critical habitats for our focal species. These sites are usually small forest fragments that have been overlooked in conservation planning but are vital for the survival of certain fruit bats as well as threatened amphibians.

Meet the Team

Voahirana Claudia Randriamamonjy

Voahirana leads the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra project, the largest protected area we are in charge of. She also represents Madagasikara Voakajy in the Alaotra-Mangoro Region and ensures the coordination of our office in Moramanga. Voahirana is an agronomist but has also studied conservation and land management. With these skills, she designs and implements training program for community members where they can learn sustainable farming techniques adapted to the local conditions.

Razafindrakoto Noromampiandra

Noro leads our projects in Anosibe An’Ala district. Biologist by training, she is particularly interested in bats. The two protected areas in Anosibe An’Ala have bats among the target species. In her role, Noro also had to develop skills and knowledge in community development. Her major challenge is to stop people from using fire in agriculture.

Dr Mahefatiana Ralisata

Mahefa is a biologist by training with particular interest on bats. Her PhD was on the biology and ecology of the eastern sucker-footed bat. She manages our project in Ambatondrazaka District including management of four protected areas: Analalava, Analabe-Betanatanana, Ampananganandehibe-Behasina ary Mahialambo. She is the responsible of research on bat, awareness and environmental education while assisting students on their research projects.

Riana Ramandimbiniaina

Riana joined our team recently. She is in charge of monitoring the Rain Forest Trust (RFT) funded project in Madagascar. She is based in the MV Tana office.

Fetra Arivony Rakotondrazanany

Fetra is also a bat biologist by training but currently, he is running our baobab conservation initiative in the Menabe Region. Fetra’s current challenge is to ensure that communities near the baobab resources benefit equitably from the baobab fruit harvesting and transformation processes. In that role, he collaborates with both public and private institutions.

Tonisoa Ivoandry Ranaivoandriamanantena

Tonisoa is the only botanist of Madagasikara Voakajy. He is particularly interested on baobabs and leads our research projects in SAVA and DIANA Regions. His research focuses on the restauration of the Endangered Perrier’s and Diego’s baobab populations in the wild. In addition, he helps the project leaders at all the protected areas where we work in designing and starting forest restauration initiatives.

Jessica Raharimalala

Jessica is in charge of running our ‘Youths and Lemurs’ project within Mangabe Protected Area. She is based in Moramanga. She would like to share her passion of wildlife with people living in Moramanga and to contribute to the conservation of natural habitats and endangered species of this district.

Aro Sitraka Rajoelinomenjanahary

Aro Sitraka is a Project Assistant within the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sahasarotra protected area. He is in charge of conservation activities by leading awareness and enforcement missions, supporting the community-based organizations involved in managing the protected areas, and managing the biodiversity and threats monitoring database.

Diane Fanjaniaina Andriambao

Diane is an assistant in the Mangabe project. Passionate about and skilled in agriculture and animal breeding, she is in charge of supporting communities to increase their yields; in order to meet their annual needs and ultimately, have some reserves.

Lahadison Rolland

Rolland is a field assistant based in Ampahitra village within Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra protected area. Living in this village, his role is to ensure smooth communications between MV office and the communities in the eastern part of the protected area. With a unique writing skill, Rolland participates in all important meetings we organize and is in charge of taking the notes.

Jean Felixon Jean Louis

Félixon is a field assistant based in Lakambato village within Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra protected area. Living in this village, his role is to ensure smooth communications between MV office and the communities in the southern part of the protected area. Before joining Madagasikara Voakajy, Félixon collected products from the forest for his subsistence. His knowledge of Mangabe forest and its biodiversity is therefore very handy.

Luciennot Raharinjanahary

Luciennot is one of our field assistants. He helps researchers and project leaders in implementing the project activities. He is skilled in conducting social interviews. He also intervenes in the collaboration with the local communities in two Regions of Madagascar: Alaotra-Mangoro – particularly Ambatondrazaka district, and Diana.

Andrilala Lalanirina Andrianandrianina

 Andrilala is one of our field assistants. He helps researchers and project leaders and implementing the project activities. He particularly works in Ambatondrazaka District, where we are managing four Protected Areas.

Faly Berthino Rakotonandrasana

Faly assists Jessica on running our ‘Youths and Lemurs’ project within Mangabe Protected Area. He is based in Moramanga.

Thierry Ranomenjanahary

One of our field Assistant. `He is based in Anosibe An’Ala district where he assures the communication with local communities concerned by New Protected Area Mangabe.

Bellarmin Razafindrakotoniaina

One of our field Assistant. He is based in Anosibe An’Ala district where he assures the communication with local communities concerned by New Protected Area Mangabe.