MADAGASCAR AND TOLIARA REEF COMPLEXMadagascar is the world’s fourth largest island with remarkable landscapes, wildlife and vegetation. The country is an oasis of amazing creatures and plants. The reef of Toliara is the third largest coral reef area in the world; 27km long and 3km wide. It is one of the most extensive systems in the Western Indian Ocean region including barrier and fringing reefs which are inhabited by diverse species. Though these reef systems are extensive, they are under enormous pressure from human and natural factors such as overfishing and sedimentation.
OUR PROJECTWWF has been working with Marin Conservation of the Toliara Reef System. “Give fish a place to thrive where no fishing allowed, and soon enough you will reap increased stocks in the surrounding area” The project purpose was to create a marine protected areas within the Toliara Reef Complex, whilst responding to the socio-economical needs of the local fishermen.
Our work was to find an alternative income for the villages and educate them in order to make it possible to create the marine protected area. We worked in 6 villages and our activities were overall:
- Environmental education in primary school.
- Teaching embroidery and Vanery to the women so they could make bags, hats etc to sell to tourists.
- Establish eco tourism: Sensitize communities, indentifying the needs and training of the local guides and women on the techniques of receiving visitors.
- Theatrical presentation about conservation in the whole region.
- Outside the program we decided with the president that we were going to clean the village.