The Natural Park of Makira is 372 470 Ha wide and is part of the Protected Area System of Madagascar. It has a very diverse and wonderful fauna and flora. According to studies, 5 diurnal species and Cathemeral are highly endangered: P.candidus, V.subcincta, H.griseus, E.fulvus. Amongst the nocturnal species, 4 are highly endangered: the Cherigales and the Daubentonia madagascariensis.
Works achieved between GERP and the MacArthur Foundation from 2005 until 2013
2005-2007: Establishing a conservation framework and ecological monitoring on lemurs in the Makira Natural Park
✿ The first year of research was focused on the information gathering of the lemurs species situation in the area.
✿ The second year was focused on setting the conservation priority toward lemurs and to set the managing and conservation tools.
✿ The third year was based on the establishment of the conservation and ecological plan for lemurs in the Makira Natural Park.
2008-2010: Establishing a conservation and an ecological monitoring plan for lemurs in the Makira Naturel Park | Contribution to lemur conservation and human well beeing
✿ Support of grassroots communities on managing their land.
✿ Establishment of two environmental research centers.
✿ Introduction of a participatory ecological monitoring system.
✿ Training on the rational management of natural resources.
✿ Improving the welfare of the local population through the establishment of an alternative project to conservation : Beekeeping Training.
✿ Information-Education and communication in order to achieve a behavior change.
✿ Environmental education in Primary school in the offsets of Makira.
✿ Promoting researches and partnership.
✿ Discovery of a new Microcebus species: Microcebus macharthurii.
✿ Establishment of meteorological tools in the two resorts.
2008-2010: Implementation of a conservation and ecological monitoring plan for lemurs in the Makira Natural Park
Elaboration of a conservation and ecological monitoring for lemurs in the Makira Natural Park
-Information gathering on the situation of lemur species in the area;
-Biological inventory of lemur species;
-Analysis of the distritbution relative abundance of lemur species, while taking account the factors that may affect the viability of the animals: ecological factors ( habitats, threats, food) and climate:
-Identifying conservation targets;
village support in the management of their territory
Establishment of two environmental research facilities in the priority sites of Makira in order to facilitate scientifical researches in favor of local and foreigner scientist. Through sensitization, education and training, thoses facilities give to the local population the opportunity to contribrute to the conservation of biodiversity.
Introduction of a participatory - ecological monitoring system
Empowerment of grassroots communities in the management of the environment is the key to reach a sustaibnable conservation of the biodiversity. This will greatly help them to manage independantly and sustainabily their natural resources. It is good to know that GERP and the WCS are the Park's Manager and has set an ecological community monitoring means for synergy in data collection.
20 conservation agents were trained and are now ensuring the biological and ecological data collection, plus the threats (10 in the East part and 10 in the Ouest). In addition, they can also assit scientist in their researches.
Training on the rational management of natural resources
Trainings were given to Community leaders in the Makira Natural Park in order to bring clear comprehension in terms of conservation and associative life so that grassroots communities can operate properly. The main goal was to give a clear understanding of what is the main purpose of the VOI, its structure, roles, responsibilities.
Improving the welfare of local population by the introduction of an alternative project for conservation
Training were led every year in the vicinity of the park in order to help the local population to understand what is the purpose of conserving the environement. Movies related to the environment were released in the priority sites of lemur conservation by GERP in 2007. After each screening, some debate, questions and answers, and explanations were conducted by the GERP team to assess the appreciation of the messages conveyed by the movies.