Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

GEPOMAY flew to Madagascar

At the end of December 2019, two members of the GEPOMAY association went to Madagascar to observe the actions put in place for the protection of the Madagascar pond-heron and to discuss potential collaborations at the regional level.

The director and president of GEPOMAY on a mission to Madagascar © Emilien Dautrey / GEPOMAY

The mission

The president of the association, Bacar Ousseni MDALLAH and the director, Emilien DAUTREY were received by the employees of the National Park (MNP) and spent two days in Ankarafantsika National Park, breeding and feeding site of the Madagascar pond heron in the west part of the country.
A passage through the Mahajunga region, a major breeding and feeding site for the species, was initially planned but was canceled due to the passage of Belna cyclone. The trip ended with a visit to the capital Antananarivo, to meet the managers of feeding and nesting sites for the Madagascar pond heron: the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, UN Environment, GEF, COKETES, Durrell, The Peregrine Fund, Madagascar National Parks, the Botanical and Zoological Park of Tsimbazaza and the association Asity Madagascar. This latest exchange with GEPOMAY for several years with the aim of establishing a lasting partnership with Asity Madagascar.

Thus, these meetings allowed to exchange and share experiences and actions carried out. The NAPs of Madagascar and Mayotte (including Life BIODIV’OM) were presented, including the actions already carried out. A reflection on future regional partnerships was held, in particular towards the coordination of the network of actors for the protection of the Madagascar pond heron. The carrying out of a LIFE replicability mission was notably mentioned as well as participation in international congresses on waterbirds, as was the case in Zimbabwe in November 2020 during the Pan-African congress for birds.

Madagascar pond heron in Madagascar

Present in several localities on the territory, the feeding and reproduction sites of the species are threatened by fires, caused in particular by slash and burn cultivation. The teams of the National Park thus carry out patrols and interventions to fight against these practices and work with local populations, by co-financing micro-projects in sustainable agriculture.