Baie de Baly
Tsingy de Namoroka
Cap Sainte Marie
Montagne et Forêt d’Ambre
Madagascar National Parks
Protecting the environment has exceeded the powers only environmentalists and specialized agencies. Today, given the magnitude of the task, the joint commitment is inevitable. Convinced of the necessity of involving everyone, Madagascar National Parks is also an open association that focuses on information, communication and contribution of each.
The association turned to the youth. A young audience who appropriates behaviors and habits useful to conservation is already the hope for is serious for the future of protected areas. But it is also through these young people can call Madagascar National Parks adults. Based on young people to share a positive message to the environment, the organization affects parents, families and community. That strategy has paid off especially in rural areas.
Awareness is dedicated to youth conveyed by school camps, promotion of environmental clubs, film screenings or rotation of the famous "bag of interpretation".
Opportunities for internships or training courses are also offered. The aim is to encourage citizens to enjoy the natural heritage for its value in linking the issues of protected areas for biodiversity and economic development, tourism and social development. In 2007, just under 9000 pupils and students of Antananarivo attended school classes organized by the Madagascar National Parks in protected areas.
Madagascar National Parks closely associates the concept of conservation with that of sustainable development. This philosophy integrates the local population in conservation and management of the protected area.
A human dimension to the conservation
Human pressures remain the biggest threats to natural resources. Poverty and ignorance of the benefits of environmental conservation are two recurrent hazards.
Rural communities generally use the resources of the surrounding forests to survive. This means becomes an immediate dependence and even permanent for some communities. This dangerously erodes the natural resources of protected areas which the survival of fauna and flora is then threatened.
But often, the economic opportunities posed by the exploitation of natural resources takes precedence over conservation. Also, environmental education has it become one of the pillars of conservation. Several environmental education programs are created and implemented to assist communities and villagers to have benchmarks in their daily lives.
Permanent exhibitions, regular newsletters, radio programs, sound management of natural resources ... the activities are varied and the local dimension is emphasized.
But local people are mostly familiar with the benefits of natural resources to maximize benefits of protected areas. The water used to irrigate crop fields and is one of the great advantages of coastal protected areas. The learning of ecological services thus becomes an essential step for both the sustainability and sound management of the site for the development of outlying communities.