Raising Fish to Protect Lemurs: Community-Based Conservation in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of the “hottest of biodiversity hotspots” on the planet, geographically isolated for 150+ million years and home to a stunning array of plant and animal species. Disappearing forests lead to extinction for both plant and animal species. Duke Lemur Center-SAVA Conservation (SAVA: Sambava- Andapa-Vohemar-Antalaha region of north- eastern Madagascar) contributes to conservation through community-based activities and forest habitat protection. Charlie Welch worked and lived in Madagascar with his wife, Andrea Katz, from 1989 to 2004 and, in 2004, Welch and Katz were awarded “Chevalier de l’Ordre National” by the government of Madagascar for their long-term conservation efforts in the Tamatave region of eastern Madagascar.