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Martinique and AgroSup school in Dijon discuss the protection of the White Breasted Thrasher

This Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Martinique Regional Natural Park organized a webconference in the presence of 55 students in 1st – 2nd and 3rd year of training within AgroSup Dijon (Higher National Institute of Agronomic Sciences, Food and of the environment).

Webconference with AgroSup school in Dijon © Yoann PELIS

One conference per year
Within the framework of Life BIODIV’OM project, one conference per year is given in universities or in naturalist training, with the aim of presenting the project and the progress of actions carried out in the five territories concerned (Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and Saint-Martin).
Various themes are discussed during these meetings, making the link between the local issues of conservation of threatened biodiversity and the specialties of the training of the participants: management of invasive alien species, restoration of environments, etc.

Fruitful exchanges between the PNRM and AgroSup Dijon

This webconference was an opportunity to discuss the challenges of preserving the White Breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus), an endemic and protected bird, found in Martinique only on the Caravelle peninsula. The PNRM notably presented the plan for regulating the predators of the species (mainly rats and mongooses), as well as the results expected by 2023 within the framework of Life BIODIV’OM project. The work carried out in Martinique during the previous Life + CAP DOM project was also discussed.

In connection with the notions of agroecology and “Trame Verte et Bleue”: a focus has been proposed on the project to create ecological corridors in collaboration with local farmers, in order to promote the reconquest of the habitat of this sparrow on the territory.

Also, Clarisse CAFARDY, student in the 2nd year of a Bachelor in Natural Management and Valorization (Campus Diderot Education, Toulouse) presented her main missions relating to Life BIODIV’OM, as part of her two internships within the PNRM, in July- August then November 2020.

To learn more about the actions taken to protect the White Breasted Thrasher