Madagascar Centre ValBio
98% of the 103 remaining species of lemur are threatened with extinction, and a third of these are critically endangered according to IUCN meaning they are on the brink of extinction. This is largely due to deforestation and hunting in Madagascar.
Centre ValBio is working to save these species. The centre was started by Dr Patricia Wright. It is located in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. A park that Patricia also helped to establish in 1991.
The centre’s mission is:
To promote world-class research and biodiversity training opportunities in one of the world’s most biologically diverse and unique ecosystems;
To promote environmental stewardship by providing conservation education and developing ecologically sustainable economic development opportunities within local communities; and
To provide the local villagers with the knowledge and tools to improve their quality of life through projects focused on health and well-being.
Its research involves long-term surveys and monitoring of different species of Lemur and plants as well as biodiversity surveys and ecological monitoring. The data from this research is vital to the conservation of these species. It has been used to conduct translocation projects to save populations from local extinction. The centre hosts researchers from all over the world and is an asset to conservation.
Centre ValBio is working in over 50 communities around Ranomafana National Park to provide environmental education and access to healthcare, as well as to facilitate community development and strengthen income-generating opportunities. The team at the centre run a successful village reforestation project, with 55–65,000 endemic tree seedlings being planted by communities around the park each year. They supply, teach and encourage farmers to grow endemic trees with high-value crops like vanilla orchids and rainforest black pepper in order to improve their livelihoods.
Its education projects involve outdoor classes in the rainforest, environmental art classes and conservation clubs, all focused on teaching and inspiring the future custodians of the forests to understand the value of biodiversity.
Thank you to those who donated to Centre ValBio’s work to prevent Lemurs’ extinction.
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Your donation to our registered 501(c)(3) organisation is tax-deductible as provided by law.
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