Understanding co-management of a Madagascar MPA

Madagascar National Parks (MNP)  and local communities are working towards the same goal: sustainable conservation of resources for future generations, but the path to achieving this goal requires close cooperation between all the stakeholders involved.

In Nosy Hara Marine Park local people often feel they receive the short end of the stick!  Inhabitants within the park see that migrant fishermen often disregard the park regulations and Fokotany rules, thereby sabotaging conservation initiatives and receiving no punishment. Villagers themselves follow the rules, not using destructive fishing methods, for example, and end up generating less income.

Through the development of strong stakeholder associations, formalized dina (traditional law), and increased MNP cooperation with villagers Nosy Hara has potential to succeed. Without such initiatives, the park’s primary stakeholders will continue to be dissatisfied with management,resulting in decline of park success, resources, and worsened socioeconomic conditions.

Community Centred Conservation‘s presence in Nosy Hara for the past several years means that we are in a great position to advise on conservation efforts within the MPA. C3 has positive relationships with both MNP and local villagers and we have a very important role to play in facilitating cooperation between the groups as a mediatory body.

Read more in Judith Hartshorn’s interesting report:

Socioeconomic conditions and co-management structures that affect conservation sustainability in Nosy Hara…