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 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 »
My 4 weeks with the SEED Madagascar Conservation Programme were just amazing! The research into the wildlife of St. Luce was fascinating and will hopefully help protect the amazing endemic species found there in the futureMorwenna, 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 Programme you can apply online (takes 20-30 minutes).
The SEED Madagascar Conservation 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.