Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

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Herizo Andrianandrasana, DPhil student in the Oxford Long-Term Ecology & Resource Stewardship Group, led by Professor Kathy Willis, has won the 2014 Tusk Award for emerging leaders in conservation – an award sponsored by Land Rover. The award was presented to Herizo on 25th November by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Tusk.

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Herizo’s work involves integrating local people into conservation management and monitoring in Madagascar, his own country. Community-based conservation is seen as a sustainable solution to halting environmental degradation in Madagascar, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, with few livelihood options and low capacity for enforcing environmental protection.

Herizo has developed successful community-led conservation programmes across the country in which local communities actively engage in conservation through local-led monitoring, decision-making and application of dina (local community laws). He runs the largest programme of village-based monitoring in Madagascar involving 461 local monitors from 81 villages across five conservation areas. This approach is at the centre of Madagascarʼs strategy for ensuring that forest and wetland conservation can be sustainable in the face of very high pressure on biodiversity and very low access to financial and governance resources.

Herizo leads programmes across seven globally important conservation areas, four forest and three wetland sites, with a combined surface area of 3,500 km.

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