An event that will mark the beginning of the new era.
From the 25th to the 31th of October 2014, was held for the first time in the World, the World Lemurs Festival in Madagascar. These last had therefore in the center of the global attention. During this period, the 22 regions of Madagascar was in the tun to celebrate the value of this endemic species of our biodiversity.A celebration that spawned a global echo since all zoos of the world which host Lemurs have also followed the rythm. The Festival has been held in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Indian Ocean Islands and Africa.
An event that has meaning
Madagascar represent 0,43 % of land surfaces and contains 20% of primates divided into 110 species that are only found nowhere in the world except in Madagascar. This is an exceptional rate of endemism representing a richness not only for Madagascar but also for the whole humanity. That is why the international mobilization for the World Lemur Festival to face and fight against the threat of extinction hanging over 95% of these lemurs, placed red list by IUCN .
Preserve this treasure means preserving the natural habitat of lemurs, and also preserving forests which suffer from many kinds of pressures. A strategy called Lemurs of Madagascar, 2013-2016 Strategic Plan is already going on for this purpose. It is good to know that conservation always goes hand in hand with the livelihood situation of the grassroot communities living alongside lemurs. Until the problems of consomation is not solved, or the livelihood of grassroot communities has not improved, the population of lemurs will suffer from illegal hunting, clearing lands and forests. That is why it is essential to support activities which will generate money and incomes for the local population. All the income earned from the World Lemur Festival will go to supporting local communities and conservation projects.
A World Premiere
Our main goals are:
✿ Attract people's awareness toward lemurs precarious situation;
✿ Involve youth in general and schools in particular to a permanent appropriation of environmental reflex and respect for biodiversity;
✿ Mark the involvement of the authorities at the highest level to local communities in the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity heritage by improving the economic environment of communities around the habitat the lemurs ;
✿ Enhance the international dimension of the event;
✿ The media will be fully involved in the diffusion of issues and events.
The Organisational Commity
Pr Jonah Ratsimbazafy | GERP
GERP Madagascar is a conservation organization created in 1994 through the initiative of Professors Researchers and students of the Department of Paleontology and Biological Anthropology and Animal Biology Department of the University of Antananarivo.
GERP's main purposes are to focus on research made on malagasy prosimians primates, establishing their conservation plan , the discovery of new species of lemurs , translocation and transfer of living lemurs in cleared or insecure environments , monitoring and abundance of lemurs and the revision of their distribution areas.
Sharing knowledge and skills in order to preserve the biodiversity for the future generations is the MOTO of GERP.
✿ Ministry of Environment , Ecology and Forestry ;
✿ National Office for the Environment;
✿ Botanical and Zoological Zoo of Tsimbazaza;
✿ Madagascar National Parks;
✿ University of Antananarivo;
✿ Languages Center of the Malagasy Akademia;
✿ Regional Toursim's Office of Analamanga;
✿ AllianceVoahary Gasy;
✿ NGO Fanamby;
✿ International Conservation;
✿ Tana Planète;
✿Association JORO, AJAC ARGEMA and Vinstiala