Our partnership initiative in Madagascar is led by primatologist Dr.Josia Razafindramana, recipient of the 2012 Whitley Award for Nature and coordinator of Roots and Shoots Madagascar. She has integrated ideas from PACE into her crowned sifaka lemur research and conservation project in Western Central Madagascar, providing training on fuel efficient cooking, tree-planting and sanitation to communities who rely upon the same forests as the lemurs do for their survival. This conservation project will serve to protect the crowned sifaka population and its forest in Menabe region (Dabolava), in Bongolava and Boeny regions.
The project is linked to training and demonstration projects being developed at the Ecole Normale Superieure, the main teacher training college in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo. Teacher training students from ENS took part in a field trip to Dabolava in the West of Madagascar, visiting schools to conduct environmental education training with teachers and parents. Download their report here (pdf, opens in new window). Josia has also raised funds for a PACE demonstration project in Southwest Madagascar, at Ranobe Village School.