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SATOYAMA Quarterly newsletter, July - September, 2016
January 09, 2017 01:45
The GEF-Satoyama-Project Quarterly Report can be found at http://gef-satoyama.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GEF-Satoyama-Project-Quarterly-Re......
"I Am Madagascar" exhibition of children's artwork from Makira to support WCS's education program
January 09, 2017 01:08
Empowering local communities to manage small-scale fisheries
March 02, 2016 03:49
This solution addresses Overexploitation of marine resources; Lacking sense of ownership & legal recognition in Antongil Bay, northeast Madagascar......
Climate Solutions in Madagascar
December 17, 2015 01:03
With the climate talks in Paris wrapping up, attention will soon move to how we convert the commitments into practical solutions to meeting the challe......
Madagascar’s Singing Lemur
December 17, 2015 00:35
My favorite is, in fact, the Indri indri – the largest of Madagascar’s living lemur species, and one that will always hold a special significance for ......
Pivoting from Paris to Madagascar on Climate Change
December 08, 2015 00:33
Deforestation contributes more carbon to the atmosphere than the world's cars and trucks combined—and the biodiversity-rich forests of the planet's fo......
Aires marines protégées : La pêche industrielle interdite dans trois sites pilotes
October 08, 2015 01:49
Dans les sites d’Ankarea et d’Ankivonjy, l’effort développé par la pêche artisanale et la pêche sportive e......
Pêche – Les aires protégées marines vulnérables
October 08, 2015 01:34
La biodiversité des ressources maritimes menacées par les pratiques de pêche non durables. L’exploitation intensive dans les......
Government of Madagascar Inaugurates Makira Natural Park
June 08, 2015 02:34
ssautner posted on May 29, 2015 08:55 Government of Madagascar Inaugurates Makira Natural Park Malagasy government, WCS, and other partners hold cere......
WFEN Welcomes WCS-Madagascar as a Certified Enterprise
May 18, 2015 07:34
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWCS Madagascar brings raffia, cocoa beans, vanilla, cloves and community managed tourism to the Certified Wildlife Friendly®&......
May 5--Lafaza and WCS Announce New Partnership For Sustainable Vanilla and Clove Production Around Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park
May 18, 2015 07:29
Lafaza and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced the launch of a new partnership to work with communities to expand environmen......
Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas
April 23, 2015 04:03
NEW YORK (April 22, 2015)—The Government of Madagascar commemorates Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected a......
Fête for the Silky Sifaka
April 07, 2015 03:41
Silky sifaka lemurs (Propithecus candidus)–or Simpona in Malgasy–are critically endangered and found in low numbers in Makira National Par......
Improved Fish Preservation Tech-nology in Antongil Bay
March 31, 2015 04:33
In Antongil Bay a new fish preservation technolo-gy was introduced, via smoking kilns called Alto-na ovens, to reduce post-harvest loss in fish produc......
Coral Reefs of Mozambique Channel: Leading Candidate for Saving Ma-rine Diversity
March 31, 2015 04:24
ScienceDaily, April 10, 2014.A study from WCS and others -- generated from data gathered from nearly 300 marine sites over thousands of square mi......
Community Rangers for Marine Parks Enforcement
March 31, 2015 04:19
For the past few years, WCS’s investments in Ankivonjy, Ankarea and Soariake sites have fo-cused on establishing the marine parks. As the marine......
President of Madagascar Commits to Tripling of MPAs to Conserve Coun-try’s Biodiverse Coastal Waters
March 31, 2015 04:12
The President of Madagascar has pledged his country’s commitment to triple marine protected areas to protect Madagascar’s staggering marin......
5 Marine Turtles Conservation in Ankivonjy and Ankarea MPAs
March 31, 2015 03:57
Northwest Madagascar is an important site for the feeding and breeding of marine turtles, espe-cially green and hawksbill turtles. Hawksbill tur-tles,......
Community-based Sea Cucumber Aquaculture Trialed in Soariake MPA
March 31, 2015 03:44
Sea cucumbers are in high demand in Asian mar-kets. As part of a partnership between WCS, the private sector and coastal communities, sea cu-cumber aq......
Final Steps Toward Definitive Protection Status for 3 Marine Parks
March 31, 2015 02:46
With a marine zone of over 1 million square kilo-meters – an area nearly double the national land surface - Madagascar supports greater total ma......
Madagascar Community Association Wins Prestigious Equator Prize
March 31, 2015 02:36
A community association, established and sup-ported by WCS since 2003, and focused on im-proving sustainable management of marine re-sources in Madaga......
New York Times Features Local Fishers Patrols in Antongil Bay
March 30, 2015 04:34
Jeffrey Gettleman, the East Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times, visited Wildlife Conser-vation Society’s marine program in Antongil Bay,......
New Grants Awarded to WCS to Support Marine Conservation in Madagascar
March 30, 2015 04:16
WCS is grateful to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the We......
An interview with WCS’s Country Director, Alison Clausen, on lemur conservation issues
March 05, 2015 02:00
This week, we interview Alison Clausen, the Madagascar Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She is responsible for ......
Why is so little attention paid to Madagascar’s incredible wildlife?
February 11, 2015 02:24
Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in th......
Stand for Trees initiative allows the on-line purchase of carbon credits from the Makira Carbon Project
February 11, 2015 02:15
Operating in the area since 1993, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Madagascar's Ministry of the Environment and Forests began creation of the Mak......
Government of Madagascar Creates Country’s First Shark Sanctuary
February 10, 2015 07:22
New York (February 3, 2015) – The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new la......
Links between malaria nets and overfishing in East Africa
February 09, 2015 07:15
BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear ......
The REAL penguin of Madagascar
February 09, 2015 06:41
It has been a decade since viewers first encountered the popular penguins of the crowd-pleasing Madagascar movie franchise. In the 2005 hit, the pengu......
Resource Users' Perceptions of the Benefits of Marine Management Restrictions
June 27, 2014 03:45
A new study from Wildlife Conservation Society and others evaluated perceptions of the benefits of fisheries management restrictions in coastal Madaga......
Coral Reef Bleaching Monitoring in Antongil Bay
June 27, 2014 03:04
To assess the impact of climate change on coral reefs, WCS has been conducting, since 2010, bleaching surveys annually in March, two to three weeks a......
Community-based Marine Mammal Conservation in South West Madagascar
June 27, 2014 03:03
Interview surveys in the municipalities of Anakao and Befandefa, located in South West Madagas- car, have previously identified threats to dolphin pop......
Whale Mass Stranding Attributed to Sonar Mapping For First Time
June 27, 2014 02:59
A new report produced by an independent scien- tific review panel and available through the In- ternational Whaling Commission has identified the ......
NGO Consortium GRET-WCS- FANAMBY Receives Project Innova- tion Grant from AFD
June 27, 2014 02:53
The Sectoral Innovation Facility for NGOs (FISONG) is a funding tool from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) which makes the most o......
First Seascape-scale Fisheries Co- management Plan in Madagascar
June 27, 2014 02:49
Through collaborative efforts with Wildlife Con- servation Society and resources users, the Minis- try of Fisheries adopted in September 2013 the firs......
Antongil Bay Locally Managed Marine Areas Network is Growing
June 27, 2014 02:47
Antongil Bay is the largest semi-enclosed bay in Madagascar and is among the most productive in the Indian Ocean, also serving as a mating and nursery......
UNESCO Identified Antongil Bay and North West Madagascar as Potential Marine World Heritage Sites
June 27, 2014 02:44
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encour- age the identification, protection and preserva- tion ......
Wildlife Conservation Society Pub- lishes First-Ever Guide to Madagas- car’s Marine Wildlife
June 27, 2014 02:20
The Wildlife Conservation Society publishes the first-ever field guide for Madagascar’s staggering marine biodiversity, which ranges from the la......
Reef Check Campaign in Ankarea MPA
June 27, 2014 00:20
Reef Check is a volunteer program to monitor the health of coral reefs using a rigorous scientific approach but adapted to be used by every vo......
PCDDBA Finalist of the UNDP Equator Prize 2012
June 26, 2014 22:43
PCDDBA is a Malagasy association created on 2003. PCDDBA's mission is to "ensure the integ- rity of the biological, ecological, socioeconomic f......
Madagascar’s Masoala National Park Interpretive Center Inaugurated
December 11, 2013 02:58
The Wildlife Conservation Society, in collabora- tion with Madagascar National Parks, designed and built a welcome center and interpretive cen- ter fo......
Outstanding Whale and Dolphin di- versity in Ankivonjy Marine Protect- ed Area
November 19, 2013 02:40
To increase marine protected areas (MPA) cover- age in Madagascar (to date, only 0.2% of Mada- gascar’s total marine area is protected through f......
Conservationists Follow Madagascar’s Humpback Whales Via Satellite Tags For First Time
July 23, 2013 23:52
For the first time, humpback whales in the waters of Madagascar are being tracked via satellite in the quest to learn more about the travels of these ......
WCS National Staff Invited to Inter- national Symposium and Training Events
June 27, 2013 03:33
In October 2013, three WCS Malagasy staffs were invited by the International Union for Con- servation of Nature, the French Marine Protected Are......
New Project Funded by Helmsley Charitable Trust
June 18, 2013 23:49
The Masoala National Park (a World Heritage site), Makira Natural Park, and Antongil Bay comprise the epicenter of Madagascar's unique biodive......
New Project Funded by The European Union
June 11, 2013 23:42
In October 2012, WCS in partnership with GRET (a French development NGO), PCDDBA (a local association) and Madagascar National Parks, started a new pr......
CITES Makes Historic Decision to Protect Sharks and Rays
March 14, 2013 02:51
The Convention on International Trade in Endan- gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) plenary on March 14 2013 accepted Committee recommendat......
'Wicked' Problems Devastate the Grand Récif of Toliara
January 15, 2013 02:14
A new study co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society assesses the magnitude of the changes and evaluates the causes of reef degradation of th......
The Three Largest Locally Managed Marine Protected Areas of the Western Indian Ocean Now Have Management Plans
December 29, 2012 23:59
Madagascar’s Exclusive Economic Zone covers over 1,140,000 square kilometers of marine habitats, twice the area of the island. The length ......
How Effective Are the Four Oldest Marine Parks in Madagascar?
December 16, 2012 23:57
For the last 10 years a coral reef monitoring program has been active in the northeast to assess the management effectiveness of the four oldest natio......
Evidence for Decline in Dugong Populations on the West Coast of Madagascar
December 12, 2012 00:17
Interview surveys with Malagasy fishers, aimed at gathering traditional knowledge and information on hunting and by-catch of all marine mammals, were ......
Important observation of Blue Whales in Madagascar
December 11, 2012 00:14
Coastal dolphins and other large marine vertebrates were assessed in the Nosy Iranja and Ampasindava peninsula region (Ankivonjy MPA) and in the water......
Corals and Food Security
December 05, 2012 02:10
Study Shows Nations at Risk, ScienceDaily, October 17, 2012. A new study co-authored by the Wildlife Conserva- tion Society identifies countries, ......
Deforestation Is Killing Madagascar's Coral Reefs
September 05, 2012 02:15
Sediment carried by rivers draining deforested areas in Madagascar is smothering local coral reefs, increas- ing the incidence of disease and suppres......
Government of Madagascar Reaches Milestone with Creation of Nation’s Largest Protected Area
August 17, 2012 02:17
The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the government of Madagascar for recently creating Makira Natural Park, now the island nation’s large......
Establishment of the Analanjirofo ICZM Committee
July 29, 2012 23:54
WCS is leading the implementation of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach in Antongil Bay in which local com- munities and social con......
International Coral Reef Symposium and International Coral Reef Ini- tiative General Meeting
July 25, 2012 02:08
Bemahafaly RANDRIAMANANTSOA from WCS, participated to the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) and the 27th Gen- eral Meeting of the Interna......
Community-exchange Visits and First Madagascar LMMA Forum
June 20, 2012 00:24
In June 2012, WCS arranged a study tour in southwest Madagascar (Toliara seascape), with visits in Soariake and Velondriake MPAs villages, for sixteen......
Study Tour to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia
May 21, 2012 02:07
In May 2012, Bemahafaly Randriamanantsoa, WCS Madagascar Marine Operations Coordi- nator, along with other coral reef scientists and conservationists ......
Tahosoa and Soariake General Meetings
May 16, 2012 23:18
One of the biggest reef complexes in the world extends 458 km between An- droaka and Morombe in southwest Madagascar. Pressure on this sea......
Formalization of Ankarea and Ankivonjy Marine Protected Areas Local Management Committees
April 24, 2012 23:03
Nosy Be Seascape in northwest Madagascar, is part of the center of marine biodiversity of the Western Indian Ocean. The coral ecosystems of northwest......
Assessment of Dugongs in Antongil Bay
April 19, 2012 23:00
The dugong is a seagrass-dependant marine mammal found in tropical and subtropical coastal wa- ters. Although dugongs occur in over 40 countries, mo......
Fight Against Destructive Illegal Fishing Practices
April 19, 2012 22:41
Antongil Bay is the largest bay in Madagascar and is among the most productive in the Indian Ocean, serving as a mating and nursery ground for many ma......
Formalization of Six New LMMAs
April 11, 2012 22:35
Antongil Bay, in northeast Madagascar, contains many marine habitats: estuaries, mangroves, rocky shores, coral reefs, and seagrass beds facing ......
PCDDBA Study Tour
March 18, 2012 22:56
Increasing engagement of local communities in holistic ecosystem management is essential to long- term sustainable conservation efforts. S......
Mitigate Artisanal Hunting Pressure on Coastal Dolphins
February 14, 2012 23:11
In southwest Madagascar traditional Vezo fishermen opportunistically hunt coastal dolphins for local consumption and sale of meat. Initially, a single......
Coral Disease Associated with Bleaching in Madagascar
January 10, 2012 23:24
Analysis of remote sensing images from satel- lites indicated that sea surface temperatures were increasing in early 2012 north of Madagas-......
WCS Research Findings in the Press
December 26, 2011 23:35
Leader surged to curb climate vulnerability , Eco Voice, December, 2011. In a new scientific paper and book, leading marine re- searchers Dr. Jo......
International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting
December 20, 2011 23:25
WCS Madagascar shared lessons learned from its climate change and coral reef conservation pro- gram to the 26th General Meeting of the Internationa......
Madagascar to Develop Fisheries Strategy
December 19, 2011 23:29
Madagascar is leading the way among Indian Ocean countries by developing a national policy on marine fisheries which takes into account the principles......
Two WCS Field Staff Graduate with Master’s Degrees
December 19, 2011 23:20
Congratulations to Bebe Jean RAHARINOSY and Toky VOAJANAHARY, WCS Toliara seascape field staff, who recently graduated from Toliara University &nd......
WCS Madagascar Marine strategic planning workshop
November 20, 2011 07:46
From November 16th to 19th a strategic planning workshop was held in Antananarivo with most of the staff of WCS Madagascar Marine Program and with the......
7th WIOMSA scientific symposium
October 01, 2011 07:47
From October 24th to 29th the biannual WIOMSA Scientific Symposium was held in Mombasa. WIOMSA is a regional professional, non-profit, membership or......
Communication campaign on Salary Bay MPA
September 01, 2011 07:45
WCS is supporting the implementation of Salary Bay MPA. In order to raise awareness on sustain- able fishery management and increase local community e......
Mitigate artisanal hunting pressure on coastal dolphins
September 01, 2011 07:43
In the southwest of Madagascar, traditional Vezo fishermen opportunistically hunt coastal dolphins for local consumption and sale of meat. Interviews ......
Communication campaign on Ankarea and Ankivonjy MPAs
September 01, 2011 07:41
The awareness campaign on the process of estab- lishing Ankivonjy and An- karea MPAs use several communication tools such as: presentations during r......
Scientific assessment of Ankarea and Ankivonjy MPAs
September 01, 2011 07:37
Another key step in the process of establishment of two resilient MPAs was taken when scientific baseline studies were conducted in November 2011. The......
Creation of Ankarea and Ankivonjy MPAs Local Management Com- mittees
September 01, 2011 07:34
In the process of establishment of a Marine Protected Area, the integration of all stakeholders is akeyto success.Thus, in the area of thetwo MPAs Ank......
Fight against destructive illegal fishing practices
September 01, 2011 07:25
Since April of this year WCS has overseen the creation of five new coastal survey commit- tees around Antongil Bay. These community based committee......