Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the fourth quarter of 2017. Activities cover include the VIP visits including HRH Princess Royal. AEECL Board members also visited during this time and attended other ceremonies and sites.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the third quarter of 2017. Activities cover building of a new school in the village of Ambinda, local Lemur Festival celebrations, establishment of firebreaks, World Environmental Day celebrations - September 2017, welcoming more tourists to the camp.
The AEECL were delighted when HRH the Princess Royal chose to visit the AEECL conservation project whilst visiting Madagascar last week. The Princess travelled to Sahamalaza National Park and met the AEECL President Gary Batters, AEECL Programme Director Guy Randriatahina and AEECL Vice-President Christoph Schwitzer. The Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and a number of ministers were also in attendance.
During her visit, the Princess was given a grand tour of the AEECL field station, along with a lemur spotting session in the forested areas surrounding the camp where everyone saw the beautiful but critically endangered blue–eyed black lemur. The Princess also met local school children and they sang typical Madagascan songs for her.
The work of the AEECL focuses not only on research of the flora and fauna around Ankarafa in the Sahamalaza Iles Radama National Park but invests in local communities to educate and support the future protection of the surrounding habitats through empowering the local people. This may be through building new schools, running educational programmes, building wells and providing solar power. Villagers are also encouraged to take part in firebreak maintenance and the reforestation programme, whilst employment is provided through ecotourism and subsidising teacher’s salaries.
RZSS's primate keeper, Georgina Cook, reports on her visit to AEECL's work in Madagascar. Includes some video and a great read, thanks Georgina.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the second quarter of 2017. Activities cover annual events, school construction and ecotourism developments.
A full annual report on activities in 2016 and a work plan for 2017 from our Programme Director, Guy Randriatahina.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first quarter of 2017. Activities include an update on the Save Our Species project, tourist camp food garden protection, change in lemur behaviour following forest fire, reforestation, promotion for Holy and AEECL staff recognition.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the final quarter of 2016. Activities include various education support activities, the villagers hard work to put out forest fires and Guy's visits to European zoo members.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the third quarter of 2016. Activities include various festivals, the annual firebreak creation, road buildings and repairs.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the second quarter of 2016. Activities cover a range of areas, including festivals, tourism, teaching, Apenheul zoo staff visit and research.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first quarter of 2016. Activities include planting food crops at the tourist camp, using our expertise to help reforestation in Analalava and involvement implementing a similar conservation project in Anabohazo to protect Eulemur flavifrons.
Film production company, Team Candiru, would like to do a documentary film on Modern Conservation: Madagascar, focussing on the work AEECL carry out in Sahamalaza. In order to be able to carry out this film project, they are asking for people to support their project. Please help them by visiting the page and spreading the word to your friends, followers, whoever will listen! Many thanks.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the final quarter of 2015. Activities include various eco-tourism updates including visits and the trail construction project, constructing and maintaining existing wells for villagers, education support through scholarships and teaching and a report on the World Lemur Festival on 30th-31st October.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the third quarter of 2015. Activities include construction at the tourist camp and clearing the forest trails. The annual firebreak event and the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of local lemur festival "Fetin'Akomba".
Minutes from the AEECL AGM September 2015
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the second quarter of 2015. Activities reported include raising awareness of the region and the National Park at three different festivals: International Tourism Fair, Earth Day and World Environment Day. Guy also attended a conference on climate change and actions to be taken in Madagascar. The activities of the Sofia Tourist Guides were also reported, including implementing some named trails around the park: the trail from Marovato to Ankarafa will be called Belle-vue; the Ankarafa forest trail will be Mangamaso and; the circuit of islets will be Iles Radama. The report also mentions a meeting that took place to discuss a donation of funds for AEECL's conservation activities which is greatly appreciated and will very much benefit the Sahamalaza communities, tourism, National Park and of course the lemurs.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first quarter of 2015.
AEECL’s newest member, Planète Sauvage carried out a number of activities over the Summer 2014 to raise awareness of AEECL’s work and to raise funds for AEECL[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Thank you to Planète Sauvage.
Guy, our Programme Director in Madagascar has reported that both the tourist camp and the research camp have been hit by the cyclone quite badly so repairs are needed here.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the last quarter of 2014. Activities reported include sponsoring of 9 more community teachers by AEECL member, Dudley Zoo and 10 high school student scholarships by AEECL member Réserve Zoologique Calviac. A second well was constructed at the tourist camp as well as two additional tent shelters, making a total of five. Well construction in two villages has commenced, but is a slow process due to transport difficulties. 13 tourists visited Sahamalaza Iles Radama through the Sofia tourist office or a local hotel, with a few more wanting to visit but unfortunately unable to due to bad weather. The seedlings are ready to plant for the reforestation project.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during August and September 2014. Activities reported include the fire break creation; Gary Batters, AEECL's Vice-President's visit; participation in the Fair Mameloño arivo; Lemur Festival; forest monitoring, tourist guides and nurserymen activities.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first half of 2014, from January to July 2014.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the fourth quarter of 2013, from October to December 2013.
Guy sends his apologies for the delay in this report, but he was away from the office for some time. The report covers activities carried out to protect the biodiversity of the National Park, to support the local population and an update on the ecotourism activities also.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the third quarter of this year, from July to September 2013.
A successful event establishing the firebreaks to protect the forest with a 300% growth in attendance from previous years. Welcome to Holy, one of the AEECL-trained tour guides who is currently being trained in office skills to assist the Ecotourism Consultant in Antsohihy. Find out more about our AEECL-trained tour guides. Find out how the Lampogno Festival and Lemur Festival went this year. An update on the Ankarafa campsite and building work at Antsohihy. Teachers assessments and more...
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the second quarter of this year, from April to June 2013.
Food shortage continues and famine has started to hit the peninsula, which obviously puts more pressure on the wildlife in the region and our forest patrol team is vital to the forest protection. A few political problems regarding boundaries are making it difficult to control loggers and poachers in the protected area, so we are hopeful for a resolution soon. Training went ahead for our patrols and skippers and the World Environmental Day celebrations took place.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first quarter of this year, from January to March 2013.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the fourth quarter of 2012, from October to December 2012.
An AEECL representative reports on a 5-day mission accompanying a team of seven people including two police officers and and government representatives to investigate reports on bushfire and slash-and-burn. Seven men have been taken in for questioning, some of whom have confessed and three more have been summoned to the police station. This has been a real problem over recent years due to the political unrest and our ranger programme has helped highlight the problems and provided information and leads for the investigating team.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the third quarter of 2012, from July to September 2012.
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the second quarter of 2012, from April to June 2012.
Click on the thumbnails to view photos of the Lampogno Festival, a yearly 4-day event in Antsohihy, the capital of the Sofia region in north-west Madagascar. The festival attracts thousands of visitors of all ages, who are there to enjoy cultural shows, games; food stalls and bars; live concerts; and of course our stand for public awareness raising on the importance of nature conservation.
The festival starts with a 'carnival', a procession of over 30 regional associations. After the opening ceremony, the music starts and the party begins! Malagasy like festivals like Lampogno, and they stir the dust until 5 am.
Like last year, AEECL shared a stand with other organisations working in nature conservation: the regional environment and forestry ministry; Madagascar National Parks; Durrell Wildlife Conservation Fund; The Peregrine Fund; Asity Madagascar. The AEECL-trained tour guides (Sofia Guides Touristiques) volunteered to give explanations to the public. AEECL exhibited pictures of various themes: the severe consequences of slash-and-burn and the importance to save the remaining forests; life at the AEECL research station at the Ankarafa Forest: and plenty of pictures of the Critically Endangered blue-eyed black lemur (Akomba mangamaso in Malagasy). Of course we inform the public about the many AEECL projects in the Sahamalaza peninsula, where our core activities take place.
Besides that, we held on-stage presentations and we showed a film on the dangers of the slash-and-burn practice. A highlight for the children is a quiz called 'radio crochet', where every right answer on questions about the environment is rewarded with a gift.
The whole team of the stand 'Madagascar Ile Verte' thoroughly enjoyed the festival, as we are all very dedicated to awareness raising and the festival provides a great ambiance. Tired as we were after 4 long days, we are already looking forward to next years' episode!
Jolijn Geels AEECL Ecotourism Consultant
Report on the activities that AEECL and its partners have undertaken during the first quarter of this year, from January to March 2012.
AEECL and MNP organised a three day training session in Antisohihy to strengthen the capacity of the rangers (known as PLC, Park Local Community from now on) and to standardise the data collection. At the end of the training, AEECL distributed some pocket identification guides for both diurnal and nocturnal lemurs. The PLCs will also have identity badges. The PLCs are operational and monitor the forest.
Click here [PDF 0.5MB] for Tanteley's preliminary report estimating the density of Lepilemur mittermeieri in the Ampasindava region (in French) and click here [PDF 30KB] for the financial breakdown of the studies.
The research camp in Ankarafa is modest. When there are a large number of researchers and also during the rainy season, it becomes difficult to work there. Therefore, six tent shelters are being built to enable us to have researchers present and to make their stay better. The rooves of these tent shelters will be made with corrugated iron (so they last longer) and the floors will be made of branches of raffia locally called "ketikety". Ten corrugated iron rooves and 25 "ketikety" have now been gathered. We are still looking for some woods for pillars.
To improve the results of forest restoration, two students from the Ecole Supérieure Scientifique Agronomique (ESSA - Agricultural University) (forestry department) received funding from AEECL to carry out research on the forest restoration. We (AEECL) have developed a simple collaboration with the department. One of the students is about to finish writing up his dissertation and the AEECL representative, who is required to work closely with the student for the dissertation, is invited to be part of the examiner committee.
Almost every year fires occur in and around the forest of Ankarafa and often this causes substantial damage to vital habitat for the lemurs. The establishment and maintenance of a fire break is one of the methods AEECL uses to stop and control these fires. With its partners (MNP - Madagascar National Parks, CSC and the villagers) the AEECL carries out a fire break session in the Ankarafa forest. It is a large job and requires everyone to pull together to make a difference. Please click here for the full report from this year's efforts.