In an interview for Smithsonian Magazine, Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy of MIHARI, Madagascar’s locally managed marine area (LMMA) network, shares insights of working in community-led marine conservation in the country.
MIHARI is a partner of Blue Ventures, and as Vatosoa explains in the article, it is currently supporting over 200 locally led LMMA associations and more than 500,000 small-scale fishers. Vatosoa has dedicated her career to uplifting these coastal communities and strengthening their capacity for conservation, as she believes they are the guardians of our seas.
“Even if these communities did not receive a formal education, for me, they have a doctorate in ocean science and governance and years and years of generational knowledge of natural resources management. I am always amazed at how well they know the ocean… all that without having complicated scientific tools or formal education.”
Read the full article ‘Meet the Community-led Conservation Advocate Working to Protect Madagascar’s Coasts’
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