Conserving lemurs in Madagascar is crucial for the country's biodiversity and long-term ecological health. Lemurs play a vital role in the ecosystem as seed dispersers and pollinators. This project partners with Lokobe National Park on the island of Nosy Be to research endangered and threatened endemic species, including the black lemur, hawk's sportive and mouse lemur. Fishing and tourism can negatively impact the region so research and conservation strategies are vital.
Fishing and tourism are the two biggest industries on Nosy Be, Madagascar. Both utilize marine and terrestrial natural resources, but the impacts can be harmful. Nosy Be has unique natural resources but the pressures of industry and development on the small island state, combined with climate change and poaching, increasingly threaten the island's natural resources. Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world. Conserving their environment is critical.
The project works closely with the Madagascar National Parks to help conduct research on flora and fauna species and globally important endemic species such as mouse lemurs. We'll monitor and assess the habitat, note population trends, and develop conservation strategies based on the research data. This project includes environmental education for community members, research training for identified locals and strives for capacity building of local partner staff and students.
Lokobe National Park is home to a significant collection of endemic species and unique flora and fauna of global importance. Our collaborative project has an immediate impact through direct research, environmental education, and capacity building while strengthening local networks working towards environmental awareness and policy change. Targeted conservation interventions and protective policy will ensure the long-term survival of lemurs and other wildlife in Madagascar.
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