The Conservation Leadership Programme recently announced their 2014 winners and C3 Madagascar was thrilled to be awarded the coveted Leadership Award of $50,000 for our project Dugongs for Life: Engaging Malagasy Communities in Marine Ecosystem Stewardship.
We have worked closely with the CLP (a partnership between four of the world’s largest conservation organizations) since 2006. The funding will support our environmental stewardship project in Nosy Hara Marine Park, using dugongs as a flagship species.
Our team has been working in the Nosy Hara Marine Park region since 2010. We have an intimate knowledge of the challenges facing both the communities and Madagascar National Parks in reaching an agreeable balance between resource exploitation, endangered species conservation and improvement in people’s daily lives. This project builds directly on over four years of research and conservation activities and aims to use an innovative incentivized approach to ensure marine biodiversity can be safeguarded whilst simultaneously improving people’s daily lives. The region has been identified by governments and international NGOs as a priority marine seascape yet day-to-day through lack of financial and technical resources and pressing human needs, overexplotiation continues unhindered. The only realistic and sustainable option for success is to combine community-based conservation action with livelihood development and access to adequate health and education services.
Congratulations are also due to Sylviane Volampeno, our good friend and Programme Coordinator of C3 Madagascar from 2010-2012, who was awarded a Future Conservation Award for her work with the lemurs and local communities of Sahamalaza.