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Jen's dedication and hard work has been the catalyst for the establishment of the MRCI and Lokobe Forest & Marine research partnership agreement. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Marine Science from the University of Western Australia.
Lokobe National Park
Lokobe National Forest is Nosy Be’s last protected primary forest which homes many endemic animal and plant species. This collaboration agreement will allow MRCI volunteers and staff to enter the famous Lokobe forest to collect data and study this enormously important primary forest. The agreement also includes access to the newly established Lokobe Marine Reserve where MRCI marine conservation volunteers will now be able to undertake marine surveys and research.
Conservation Diver offer training and certifications related to marine research, protection, restoration and conservation. They have a network of conservation centers around the world where they offer assistance in finding internships, jobs and other educational opportunities.
Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’. Plastic Oceans Foundation engages people of all ages, in all social situations, to understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable.
Community Centered Conservation (C3)
C3 develops conservation efforts worldwide by building the capacity of local individuals and institutions through grass-roots research and training initiatives. Their vision is a planet where future generations thrive in harmony with their natural environment.
Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) was initiated in 1999 as a response to the El-Niño related mass bleaching and mortality of corals in the Indian Ocean in 1998. It is a non-profit research organization, registered in Kenya, with a network of projects, collaborators and partners that extends across the Indian Ocean.
Professor Jean Maharavo
Has served as Director of Scientific Research at the Madagascar Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Special Advisor to the Minister of Fisheries, as well Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment. Professor Maharavo currently heads up a specialised research program for the Oceanographic Research Institute in the south east of Madagascar.
Mario Lebrato (PhD)
Has served as Senior Researcher, Kiel University, Germany.
Dr Andrew Polaszek
Entomologist from the Natural History Museum in London.
Recognized for her dedication, effort and commitment to developing the first non governmental initiated Marine Protected Area in Northern Madagascar. She holds a Honors in Biological Science and has been involved in a number of international marine research projects including projects in the Azores, Caribbean, UK, Mexico and Madagascar. She is a qualified dive master and coral reef research diver.
Dedicated to marine conservation Emma Bagnall has brought a new level of professionalism to how MRCI address the problems relating to the marine eco-systems in Madagascar. Emma holds a Masters degree (MSC) in Ecosystem based Management of Marine Systems from St Andrews University in Scotland as well as a Bachelors Degree (BSc) in Marine Biology from Banbor University in Wales.
Mayor of Nosy Komba. MRCI works closely with Papa Komba on community impacting projects including the protection of the reef and our construction work.
Chief of the forests on Nosy Komba. Supports our forest conservation work and is a key figure in the set up and continued support of the Marine Protected Area.
Government representative for the Fisheries Chief for the Nosy Be and Nosy Komba archipelago. MRCI has the full support of the government for the appointed Marine Protected Area at Nosy Komba.
Shop owner in Andrekareka Be. She very kindly donated an area of land to the village on which MRCI is building the school. Our community development volunteers work closely with her, without her support a lot of our work in the village would not be possible.
Mm Heinriette Heinrich
MRCI rents a house on our turtle watch beach from Mm Heinrich. Without this property, our overnight surveys of the beach would not be possible and we could not carry out the level of turtle conservation that we currently do.
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President of Ampasinahomby
President of Ampangorina