Blue Ventures was honoured to have the opportunity to share insights from our work with His Excellency the President of Madagascar during a roundtable discussion in London.
The meeting, hosted at Kew Gardens on 5th September with Thérèse Coffey MP, the UK Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), brought together delegates from UK-based organisations working to support biodiversity conservation in Madagascar, including Feedback Madagascar and Durrell, as well as representatives from Defra and the International Climate Fund (ICF).
During the meeting President Rajaonarimampianina set out his vision for Madagascar’s unique environment, biodiversity and the challenges presented by climate change. Blue Ventures’ Executive Director Alasdair Harris shared perspectives on marine conservation, focusing on the enormous value of Madagascar’s mangrove ecosystems. Madagascar’s threatened marine forests are the focus of a new partnership initiative between ICF and Blue Ventures to scale up integrated, community based models for mangrove protection.
This event also served as an occasion for Sir David Attenborough to be honoured by President Rajaonarimampianina, who awarded him Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Madagascar for his contributions to conservation.
Read the Kew Science blog about the visit: Madagascar’s wildlife – a President’s vision
Cover photo credits: © Kew Gardens | Jeff Eden