Planet Madagascar is a community conservation, education and development project that aims to conserve Madagascar’s biodiversity while capacitating and improving the lives of people who live there.
We are making a conservation education film that will make a vital contribution towards community involvement and education, by highlighting issues surrounding human-wildlife interactions in Madagascar and illustrating why a healthy ecosystem is beneficial to both humans and wildlife. The film will be used as an educational tool to empower local communities to prevent fires from destroying lemur habitat. Please support this film through our Indiegogo campaign. Contribute Here
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Lambas for Lemurs is a conservation education program created by Megan Shrum and Travis Steffens in 2010. Within the communities, our aims are as follows: to promote regional pride in lemur species, to raise awareness of the conservation issues facing lemurs, to link the importance of the role that lemurs play in a healthy and wealthy forest, and to highlight the importance of the forest for human and lemur survival.
Planet Madagascar believes that successful conservation and development projects are founded on high-quality information. In order to understand the needs of the community and to assess the success of our projects. In 2014 we ran community livelihoods assessment by conducting household surveys in the communities in which we work. Information from the survey will is used to direct our future projects and will provide a baseline with which to compare future surveys.
Salama Atiala means “good forest” in Malagasy. We plan to take advantage of our conservation education project, Lambas for Lemurs, to create immediate actions that community members can implement to help prevent deforestation. Our next project is a fire management plan working with community members to help prevent and control fire. This project will provide much needed employment for the community while implementing short- and long-term solutions to reducing forest loss and fragmentation.
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