Mangoro Region

July 2005

Conservation benefit: Protection of ten Madagascar flying fox roosts totaling 321 acres

Community benefit: Repair to primary schools and municipal offices

Madagascar’s fruit bats, commonly known as flying foxes, are important pollinators. But because of hunting for bushmeat, uncontrolled fires, and logging, many of their roosts of have disappeared. In Madagascar’s Mangoro Region, a close network of 12 small forest fragments holds up to 4,000 of these bats. Seven nearby communities are working with local organizations Arongam-panihy – Culture, Communication and Environment, and Lamin’asa Fiarovana Ramanavy sy Fanigy to implement a dina, or social contract, to protect the roosts.

In exchange for this agreement, Seacology agreed to provide funding for badly needed repairs to each of the seven community municipal offices and 20 primary schools near the roosts. Later, the number of schools was reduced to 11 to better provide for the schools with the most need.

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Project Updates
January 2009
Repairs to all eleven schools were completed, and the project was finalized in August 2008.
October 2007
Eight schools are nearing completion and two more are scheduled to be completed by the end of November. An education component of the project involving a school flying fox conservation art...
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June 2007
As of March 2007, six schools have been completed and the remaining five schools are under construction.
January 2007
Eleven schools were selected instead of 20 to better serve those schools most in need. Construction began in August 2006. In November, a dedication ceremony was held for the completed Antanambony...
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June 2006
The coordinating NGOs, ACCE and CISCO, have identified the schools most in need and have submitted budgets for repairs, and construction will commence in mid-2006.
January 2006
Through a series of local meetings with the representatives of seven communities and local governments, the dinas (social contracts) to protect the bats and forests have been developed, discussed...
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