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Madagascar - A Yearly Review

9 Jan 2020 12:50 PM
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The aim of the Frontier Madagascar Marine (MGM) Conservation Research Program is to research the health of the tropical marine ecosystems in the Nosy Vorona Passage, whilst also providing training to volunteers and staff in the scientific methods necessary to conduct surveys.

Madagascar is considered to be one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, though its endemism and diversity is under threat from human pressures. It is therefore crucial that it becomes a priority for conservation efforts.

In order to monitor coral ecosystems, surveys on reef biodiversity include fish and invertebrate abundance and benthic composition. As the state of the reefs is better understood, conservation measures and actions can be taken.

Mangrove surveys are also undertaken to assess their health and productivity, due to their connections with coral reefs and provision of ecosystem services to coastal communities.

MARINE LITTER SURVEYS / BEACH CLEANS:

- Plastic bottles were stored on camp for the potential of reusing for other projects, for example in phase 193 they were used in the eco-brick project managed by the Frontier Madagascar community project which uses the bricks to help build walls for local schools and projects.

- Beach cleans were completed twice per week in the first three phases, while in phase 193 they were completed three times per week. The control transects are not in close proximity to the village and so the litter collected in these areas are not likely to be from the villagers but from marine litter washed up from tides.

- Metal, glass, and electronics (non-burnable) were kept separately and taken into a facility in Hell-Vile.

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By Research team - Frontier Research

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