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Madagasikara Voakajy
Madagascar, Africa
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Scientific Research
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About Madagasikara Voakajy

Madagasikara Voakajy is conservation non-profit organization based in Bobaomby, Madagascar, that is dedicated to the conservation of endemic and critically endangered species in Madagascar.  Their mission is to preserve Madagascar’s endemic species from extinction in the wild.  They recognize that this is impossible to achieve without the involvement of local community members and are thus dedicated to taking a locally-led approach to conservation.

Since 2006, Madigasikara Voakajy has carried out research on the Golden mantella frog in eastern Madagascar, leading its conservation strategy.  In 2015, a new protected area was created to ensure the frog's conservation. Five years later, the Golden mantella frog was down-listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  This is only one of Madigasikara Voakajy's many recent accomplishments conservation.
Between 2009-2012, Madagasikara Voakajy investigated patterns of bushmeat hunting in Madagascar.  Their results highlighted the significance of hunting in the decline of lemur populations.  Since then, stopping lemur hunting has been a top priority in all of Madagasikara Voakajy’s conservation projects.
Since 2014, Madagasikara Voakajy has investigated the biology and ecology of the Critically Endangered Perrier’s baobab, of which only 99 mature individuals are found in the wild.  By 2020, they had located an additional 50 mature individuals, produced over 5,000 seedlings, and planted them.  They continue to monitor the survival and growth of the planted seedlings.

Their Challenges

A large part of the forests of Bobaomby have been impacted by loggers due to the expansion of agricultural land, despite the fact that these forests are home to many endemic flora and fauna.  The lack of funding to implement conservation tactics for the forests and wildlife species constitutes a major challenge in this area.

Their Approach

Local communities are at the heart of Madagasikara Voakajy's conservation approach.  Their main objectives for 2024-2028 are:

  1. Research: Better understand the biology and ecology of target species, how they interact with humans, and their conservation status
  2. Governance: Establish local structures capable of effectively managing the conservation of target species and their habitats 
  3. Valorisation: Identify and promote wildlife-based economic models that can generate essential benefits for local communities while simultaneously encouraging them to reduce pressures on species of concern and their natural habitats, ultimately resulting in increased conservation success
  4. Restoration: Restore degraded habitats of target species in the wild 

Madagasikara Voakajy uses the results of scientific studies to guide their conservation efforts.  With donor support in 2023, they planted 6,000 trees over 10 acres alongside local villagers.  They also created an agreement with the community to plant baobabs, an indigenous tree of great cultural significance that is also vital for Madagascar's wildlife.

Why They Need Your Help

Madagasikara Voakajy is looking for support to continue their forest restoration work and to strengthen and train their staff and community members on the sustainable management of natural resources.  They are also working to advance scientific research on the key species existing of Bobaomby in order to improve their conservation strategies.  All of their conservation activities are reliant upon donations to continue.

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