Project News & Field Updates
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Aerial survey of dugong and seagrass, community interviews, and lobbying keeps Malaysian partner busy in Johor

August 22, 2016

MY4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 During this reporting period, MareCet conducted different surveys to fill in knowledge gaps for dugongs and seagrass in the project site, including an aerial survey (to which MareCet also invited team members of the Partner, leading MY1), seagrass mapping and dugong feeding trails survey, two community consultation interview […]

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Learning English with ‘Adventures of Karum the Dugong’ in Malaysia

August 22, 2016

MG3 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In this reporting period, USM focused on the development of awareness raising materials for local communities in the MY3 pilot site depicting the importance and conservation of dugongs and seagrass. T-shirts, posters, A4 size stickers were designed, using also volunteers’ support. The text for the posters and the […]

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Madagascar mapping, interviews, and deployed dugong detectors – much success and a few setbacks

August 22, 2016

MG6 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 This period represented the start of the monitoring phase of the project. Activities included seagrass mapping, completion of the community interview surveys in the northern portion of the study area and deployment of acoustic loggers. The project is implemented by WCS covering two MPAs – Ankivonjy (139,409 hectares), […]

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Conservation progressing rapidly in Sahamalaza Marine and Costal UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

August 22, 2016

MG4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In this period, COSAP Sahamalaza worked on the establishment of seven new governance formations across the Sahamalaza Marine and Costal UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (70% of members being fishermen), which would set the conditions for introducing sustainable resource use and management (“dina”) in the area, including dugong and seagrass […]

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Madagascar partner sights 18 dugongs and works with communities to protect them

August 22, 2016

MG3 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 C3 worked on optimising the governance structure of the Park – because of the size of the area, remote communities do not have the opportunity to participate in planning and monitoring activities. C3 proposed a division of the Park in three sub-regions, acting as a conduit of information […]

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Project team begins work with Madagascar national network of LMMAs

August 22, 2016

MG2 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The Project is implemented by Blue Ventures and targets the members of the Mihari network of Locally Managed Marine Areas in Madagascar. The network has nearly 150 members and meets regularly every year. Blue Ventures and other Partners of the global GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project met […]

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Madagascar communities to establish marine protected areas

August 22, 2016

MG1 Project Udpate: Jan thru June 2016 In this period, Blue Ventures’ team focused on building the capacity of local partners and local communities in six sites – three islands, part of the Barren archipelago (Nosy Lava, Nosy Andrano and Nosy Maroantaly), two sites in Ampasimandroro, Maintirano District and one in Ambalahonko, Ambanja Districit. The […]

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First Indonesian symposium on dugong and seagrass habitat

August 22, 2016

ID1 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 ID 1 was kicked-off with the first National Symposium on Dugong and Seagrass Habitat, held on 20-21 April 2016 and hosted by one of the Partners in Indonesia, the University of Bogor. The aim of the Symposium was to collect data on the status of dugong populations and […]

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Indonesian fieldwork starts on the ground and goest into the air

August 22, 2016

The team collected data of seagrass species distribution, biomass, feeding trail, dugong behaviour, Environmental DNA (E-DNA), and socio-ecology information using the CMS Dugong MoU bycatch questionnaire.

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T-shirts for dugong conservation in Madagascar

August 21, 2016

Our Project partners in Madagascar, C3, created a t-shirt in collaboration with the Baobab clothing company. Proceeds go to the conservation of dugong and seagrass in our MG3 project. We definitely want a t-shirt like this one. Do you? Contact our project partner using the contact details on the project page.

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