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GEPOMAY begins school interventions for LIFE!

Friday, February 21, GEPOMAY intervened at the primary school of Miréréni with a class of CP.

Madagascar pond heron game in the classroom © Delphine Dumarché

School intervention

The first school intervention within the framework of LIFE BIODIV’OM, this activity enabled 12 pupils of CP to be made aware of the protection of the Madagascar pond heron. The students were led to carry out several activities: game of the 7 differences, puzzle, “life-size” game …
Through these school interventions, the GEPOMAY aims to educate the youngest to recognize the species, understand its ecology (feeding, reproduction, movement, threats) and learn not to disturb it (do not go under the nests, do not make noise).
For this, a class intervention with a goose game, which takes up the stages of the bird’s life (from its hatching to the hatching of its young) is carried out and an outing is organized on the main site of feeding of the species (at Lake Karihani), to learn how to observe the bird in its natural environment.

Involve local people

The implementation of school-based interventions is part of a large awareness program aimed at involving local populations and local decision-makers in the protection of endangered species.
Thus, on each territory, 6 school interventions in class and on site must be carried out every year. For GEPOMAY, these interventions started in January 2020 and will be organized over the life of LIFE.

A broader awareness program

In order to raise local awareness of the protection of the Madagascar pond heron, GEPOMAY also produced an awareness clip on the species.
Leaflets were also deployed locally to raise awareness and encourage them to report their data when they observe Madagascar pond heron individuals.