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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)

The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) committee (Decree No. 2010-137) promotes “sustainable development of coastal and marine areas through the implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management\", To continue progress towards fulfilling Madagascar\'s vision for marine conservation, the ICZM sponsored a training workshop on Marine spatial planning using the Software MARXAN from November 29 to December 8, 2011 in order to consider and integrate both socio-economic and bioecological values in the identification and mapping of priority areas for marine and coastal conservation in Madagascar. Used in over 100 countries and 1200 organizations, MARXAN is an application for identifying and mapping coastal and marine sites that explore the trade-offs between conservation and use of marine and coastal resources.

The key workshop results were:

1. 15 participants from 10 NGOs and ministerial institutions were trained on the use of MARXAN Software applied in the marine and coastal environment. An expert specialist MARXAN of the Spatial Ecology Laboratory (SEL), University of Queensland, has provided the theoretical and practical course.

2. Bioecological and socioeconomic data necessary for the MSP were identified and collected: 36 datasets were then compiled and spatialized. 30 datasets were used in the preliminary spatial analysis launched on December 7, 2011.

3. Preliminary results from practical work on MARXAN initiated by the MSP panel, were obtained and discussed.

4. The main recommendations from the workshop participants were the requirement for a management and capitalization system of marine and coastal data, the involvement of all stakeholders in defining MSP objectives were. The thematic group "Ecosystem Management" of the ICZM Committee, mandated to conduct an analysis for the identification of priority sites for conservation inside the 13 coastal regions of Madagascar was assigned to promote national data management.

5. The following steps were adopted during the workshop:

- Advocacy at state bodies (MEF, MPRH, MMH, ...) and NGOs on the importance of establishing a participatory MSP. This might be accomplished through the thematic group "Ecosystem Management" of ICZM committee.

- Periodic working session of experts, biologists and operators on defining bioecological and socio-economic objectives of the country, the extent of the planning area (EEZ? Territorial sea? Continental shelf? Bioregions?) should be advertised.

- Strengthen and capitalize existing national database (CNDO, ONE, REBIOMA).

- Organize annual MSP workshop for launching a marine spatial analysis integrating all available marine data, disseminating and validating results.

With this workshop, Madagascar made a considerable step forward towards conservation of Madagascar\'s sea, which covers an area two times larger than its land. A dozen experts were trained in MARXAN, and are now able to build and analyze environmental data to provide technical and scientific support for decision makers and marine planners for an effective MSP in Madagascar. Given the stakes of sustainable development, Madagascar must then establish the basis for a MSP, crucial for environment and economy marine actors.

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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.