Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. You will combine hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education.
The southern littoral forest in Sainte Luce is one of only three significant areas of this forest type remaining in Madagascar, having been reduced by over 90%. As the forest has both high biodiversity and a heavily reliant local population, the SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme works to integrate scientific research with community conservation to build knowledge and capacity for sustainable conservation efforts.
Currently research focuses on biodiversity, collecting data about species present, their distribution, density, behaviour and habitats. The data is then used to better manage forests, support the local community and protect the species concerned. Volunteers also run regular environmental education classes for local children, and assist with English teaching. View our reports and publications »
"It's an amazing feeling when you shine your headtorch into the depths of the forest and spot a pair of golden eyes belonging to a curious woolly lemur staring back at you. The nature of the work means that you are always really close to the wildlife you are studying and so you can really appreciate the biodiversity that Madagascar has to offer. You get to know the subtle differences between the many different species of frogs, geckos or snakes and you end up learning a lot about the littoral forest ecosystem."Phil, Conservation Volunteer
Volunteers will gain experience in a wide range of practical skills within community development and conservation biology, which are invaluable for anyone looking to pursue a career in these areas. The programme is also a refreshing and rewarding experience for anyone looking for a change of pace as part of a sabbatical, career break, or gap year.
Anybody aged 18 or over may apply to join the programme. To apply for a place on the SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme you can apply online (takes 20-30 minutes).
The SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme can be undertaken as a more formal internship (please specify upon application). With slightly more feedback and a final report; the internship lends itself to those who are joining the team as part of an academic course and particularly those who are aiming to be awarded credits. This will usually need to be approved in advance by your institution and any specific guidelines or documentation passed onto SEED Madagascar. Please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something you are interested in.