Nosy Maitso: Ranomafana is a film designed to enhance the conservation education programs being offered by Centre ValBio, a research station in the high mountainous rainforests of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Wildlife in Madagascar is diminishing rapidly due to poor agricultural practices, logging, and encroaching human populations. Centre ValBio seeks to stem this destruction, and this film has become an important element in their programs by bringing video education to rural communities surrounding the park, where even television is a rarity.
This film was recently granted the "Merit for Conservation Award" by the International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana.
The aim of the Nosy Maitso project is threefold: to raise local understanding about the unique and fragile biodiversity of Madagascar, to explain the importance of conservation research, and to show local communities how they can assist in the conservation effort.
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