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Authors: Charlie J. Gardner, Barry H. Ferguson, Flavien Rebara, and Anitry N. Ratsifandrihamanana.
Language: English
No. of Pages: 12
Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm x 2mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1518
Shelving Location: Papers & Articles: Natural History: Conservation
Estimated Value: £0.50
Purchase Date: 3 February 2010
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Integrating traditional values and management regimes into Madagascar's expanded protected area system: the case of Ankodida

Protected Landscapes and Cultural and Spiritual Values: pp. 92-103.
Kasparek-Verlag (2008).
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Ankodida is a newly established, community-managed Category V protected area in south-eastern Madagascar that protects a sacred forest, the former home of a precolonial Tandroy king. The forest also shelters spirits that play an important role in the spiritual life of the Tandroy tribe and provides the bulk of household income for local populations, thereby making it of great cultural, spiritual and material importance. Six of the protected area's seven zones are composed of traditional village territories managed under devolved management contracts, and, in addition, there is a priority conservation zone covering the sacred forest managed by local communities according to traditional regulations.

Management of Ankodida is focussed on the reinforcement of management through the legal empowerment of its traditional guardians. Following guidelines established for Madagascar's expanding system of protected areas, the promoters of the protected areas seek to avoid all negative impacts on local communities. The sustainable use of forest resources is therefore permitted throughout most of the protected area in zones where such activities have traditionally been practised. The cultural and spiritual values of the site ensure that local communities maintain a strong interest in conservation that can be harnessed for the conservation of biodiversity.

About the Authors (from pages 102-103)

Charlie J. Gardner is a conservationist who has been working in Madagascar since 2005, most recently as a consultant to WWF supporting project teams in the development of management plans for newly-established community-managed protected areas, including Ankodida. In 2008 he will begin his doctoral research at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, examining the economic costs and benefits of protected area establishment in south-western Madagascar. Charlie is a graduate of the University of Leeds (BSc in Zoology) and the University of Kent (MSc in Conservation Biology).

Barry Ferguson is currently Doctoral Researcher at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. His thesis examines local traditions of forest management, forest-poverty relationships and the impacts of conservation policies in the Mandrare Valley, southern Madagascar (including several villages within the Ankodida Protected Area). For eight years he worked on research and community conservation initiatives in Madagascar and protected areas management in his native Northern Ireland. Barry is a graduate of Durham University (BSc in Ecology) and of the University of East Anglia (MSc in Environment and International Development).

Flavien Rebara is a specialist in human geography who has been working for WWF in the Androy and Anosy regions of southern Madagascar since 2001. He was previously a Project Leader in the region for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. His work centres on the development of community-based conservation initiatives, including the participatory establishment of ten new community-managed protected areas – of which Ankodida is the first to be created. He is a graduate of the University of Toliara and has a post-graduate degree from the University of Antananarivo, both in Geography.

Anitry N. Ratsifandrihamanana has been Conservation Director of WWF's Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean programme Office since 2004, having previously coordinated their Spiny Forest Ecoregion Programme. She is currently also co-leader of the Madagascar Protected Area Commission. She has a background in linguistics and social sciences from the École Normale Supérieure d'Antananarivo and Cornell University.

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