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Training workshop on marine and coastal spatial planning in Madagascar


Marine spatial planning (MSP) – a public process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives (Ehler & Douvere 2010) – is increasingly considered an operational approach to help make marine and coastal ecosystem-based management a reality. Tools and technical approaches, including “Systematic Conservation Planning” (Ardron, J.A., Possingham, H.P., and Klein, C.J. (eds) 2008) using different softwares (MARXAN, ZONATION, C-Map ...) are available for data processing and analysis for the MSP.

The Madagascar government has committed to a vision to establish a system of management and conservation areas covering 10% of Madagascar's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 2015. Since 2005, Madagascar has been among the first of Indian Ocean Countries to embrace MSP as an approach to meet this target, under the direction of the Environment-Fisheries Commission (CEP), the RAMP-COI project (Marine Protected Areas Network of the Indian Ocean Commission and other related initiatives. Between 2005-2007, the CEP identified 29 coastal and marine priority sites for conservation. From 2008-2009, the Madagascar Protected Areas Commission (SAPM) used the “systematic conservation planning\" approach to identify new terrestrial protected areas. RAMP-COI employed similar methods to map marine conservation priority areas in the western Indian Ocean in 2008-2009. A 2009 marine conservation workshop formally adopted these methods as the decision support framework for Madagascar marine conservation planning. In 2010, the Climate change adaptation for marine conservation program in Madagascar (CI, 2010) produced maps of marine priority areas that incorporated biological values and climate change considerations. However, the socio-economic parameters necessary to optimize the effectiveness of management and conservation of marine resources have not yet been fully taken into account.icon Rapport Atelier MARXAN Marine (29/11/2011-08/12/2011) (1.13 MB 2012-03-20 03:37:50) [...]

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Présentation des leçons apprises du Projet "Adaptation au CC pour la conservation marine"

Une réunion de la Commission Gestion des Ecosystèmes sur la  Présentation des leçons apprises du Projet « adaptation au changement climatique pour la conservation à Madagascar » au sein de du CN-GIZC a eu lieu le mardi 28 septembre 2010 dans la Salle de réunion de la CPGU Primature, Maison des Produits 4ème étage, 67 Hectares.
Un document (draft final) contenant les leçons apprises sur le projet « adaptation au changement climatique pour la conservation à Madagascar », mené par Conservation International (CI Madagascar), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Madagascar) et World Wildlife Fund (WWF Madagascar), a été présenté et discuté.
C\'était aussi une occasion de désigner un co-président du Groupe GE qui est Dimby RAZAFIMPAHANANA. De plus, les objectifs du Groupe GE figurés dans le TDR ont été révisés et le plan d\'action du GE CNGIZC est en cours de finalisation.

\"icon\"Compte rendu GE CNGIZC 28 Septembre 2010 (169.31 kB) [...]

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Elaboration du plan d'action du groupe gestion des écosystèmes du CNCIZC Madagascar

Une réunion mensuelle du Groupe Gestion des écosystèmes de la CNGIZC Madagascar (Commission National Gestion Intégrée des Zones Côtières) s\'est tenu la matinée du 19 Avril 2011 au CPGU 67 Ha dans le but de développer un plan d\'action du groupe.
Les membres ayant assistés à la réunion (Mbolatiana ANDRIAMIARINOSY- CNGIZC, Marguerite RASOLOFOVOAHIRANA - CNRE, Bemahafaly RANDRIAMANANTSOA- WCS, Dimby RAZAFIMPAHANANA - REBIOMA, Tantely TIANARISOA - REBIOMA) ont commencé à établir une première ébauche de plan d\'action.
La prochaine réunion du groupe des Ecosystèmes en mois de Mai 2011 apportera plus de détails sur ce plan d\'action qui est actuellement en cours de révision et de développement.
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JRS Biodiversity Foundation

La compilation des actualités de la J.R.S Biodiversity Foundation pour le premier semestre 2015:

  1. Les résultats d’une enquête indépendante sur la disponibilité et l’accessibilité des données en ligne de la JRS
  2. L’appel aux nouveaux candidats pour leur Board Of Trustrees
  3. L’attribution de financement pour 9 nouveaux projets, pour un montant de plus de $925,000
  4. Les actualités internes de la JRS
  5. La JRS Biodiversity Foundation et leurs bénéficiaires dans les médias
  6. Les nouvelles publications sur la biodiversité
  7. Les ateliers et conférences

January 2015 - July 2015


JRS News and Happenings

Dear Colleagues,

We're happy to share this compilation of news from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and our grantees that we've posted this year.

JRS has a commitment to share what we're learning from our grantees. In that spirit, we publish the report highlighted below titled "Show me the Data."  We hope that this is the first of many such publications from JRS and we welcome your comments and ideas.

Show Me the Data!
We are pleased to announce the release of a study we commissioned on the accessibility of JRS grantee data. In 2014, JRS contracted Jante LLC to conduct an independent review of expected data products from 49 JRS-funded projects. The results suggested that biodiversity information was less discoverable and accessible than hoped. However, interviews with grantees provided the framework for a set of recommendations to projects with data-sharing goals, and formed the basis for a new JRS Data Sharing Policy. Read more here.

JRS News


JRS Seeks New Trustees for 2016



JRS invites you to suggest candidates for our international Board of Trustees for consideration to serve in 2016-2019.  We seek talented leaders with a proven passion for JRS’ mission and expertise that combines at least two of: conservation, policy, organizational development or biodiversity informatics. Suggestions for candidates or inquires will be held in confidence and may be sent to nominations@jrsbiodiversity.org.


Welcome to the newest JRS Grantees
JRS announced nine grant awards during the second funding cycle of 2014, totaling more than $925,000 in project support and are pleased to announce our first 2015 grant to NatureServe for policy studies in South America:

Improving access to biodiversity information in Africa: Improving access to biodiversity information in Latin America: Biodiversity data policy research in Africa: Biodiversity data policy research in South America:
Here's what's up at JRS...

In January, JRS welcomed the newest board member, Souleymane Konaté, Professor in ecology at the University Nangui Abrogoua (Côte d'Ivoire). Read more about Dr. Konaté here.

Glass Pockets, the Foundation Center's initiative to promote transparency in philanthropy, featured a post by Don on their Transparency Talk blog. Read the post here.
Grantees in the News
Read some of the press coverage highlights of JRS Grantee activities:
  • Louis Liebenberg advocates for the use of citizen science technologies like CyberTracker in democratizing biodiversity data collection (JRS News Item)
  • Premier of "The Bat Man of Mexico" BBC documentary featuring Rodrigo Medellín covered by Tim Sohn in the New Yorker. (JRS News Item). You can also read about how Medellín's work informed a tri-national agreement to protect bats here.
  • Voice America features an interview with Joyce Poole from ElephantVoices. (JRS News Item)
  • The American Scientist blog featured a post by David C. Blackburn from the California Academy of Sciences on the need for biology education in Africa. (JRS News Item)
Making Biodiversity Data Available
JRS grantees have released a number of new data products this year, documenting both historic biodiversity, and ongoing global changes. Read about each of the projects below on the JRS news site:
Meetings of the (Biodiversity) Minds
Conferences and workshops advance the JRS mission by facilitating collaboration and networking of biodiversity information professionals. In May, Africa Rising: Mobilizing biodiversity data for sustainable development, funded in part by JRS, convened in Cape Town, South Africa with 100 delegates representing 21 African countries. The conference launched GBIF-led Biodiversity Information for Development, aimed at exploring ways to connect data generators to data users in the biodiversity data lifecycle (News Item).

Still upcoming is the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conference in Nairobi, Kenya (Sep 28-Oct 1). This os the first time the meeting will be held in Africa (read here), an effort supported by JRS with the goal of increasing the African voice in discussions about using biodiversity data in conservation.