Links

Madagascar Conservation and Community Development Organisations:

Akany Avoko
http://www.akanyavoko.com - a small Malagasy community organisation dedicated to improving life in Madagascar

Azafady
http://www.madagascar.co.uk - Malagasy organisation helping the local community to directly tackle poverty through income-generating activities and by giving access to sanitation, clean drinking water and basic healthcare.

Feedback Madagascar

http://www.feedbackmadagascar.org - is a socio-economic organisation helping the community to establish and run their own businesses.

Honco
http://www.honko.org/ – reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems in Madagascar is the focus of this organisation in southwestern Madagascar.

Hoavy
http://hoavy.org – a organisation involved in the propagation and restoration of native plant species in southwest Madagascar.

The Andrew Lees Trust
http://www.andrewleestrust.org - Social and environmental projects in Madagascar

The Dodwell Trust Madagascar
http://www.dodwell-trust.org - aims to reduce poverty by improving the ability of young people to play a positive role in sustainable development, and working through education and radio to help individuals and communities to achieve leverage and generate revenue.

Wildlife Conservation Society
http://www.wcs.org/international/Africa/madagascar

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
http://www.wwf.org/

 

Marine Science and Conservation Organisations:

Australian Institute of Marine Science. AIMS mission is to conduct innovative research that advances understanding of our oceans and coastal ecosystems, facilitates good stewardship of marine resources, develops sustainable wealth creation opportunities, and contributes to the discovery and development of new marine-based bioproducts for industry and human health.
http://www.aims.gov.au

Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a member-supported, non-profit organization, dedicated to protecting the health of coral reefs by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships.
http://www.coralreefalliance.org

Coral Reef Task Force (CRTF) aims to lead, coordinate, and strengthen US government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems.
http://www.coralreef.gov

CORDIO is a collaborative program involving researchers in 11 countries in the central and western Indian Ocean to assess the widespread degradation of the coral reefs throughout the region. Its research focuses on mitigation of damage to reefs and on alternative livelihoods for people dependant on reefs.
http://www.CORDIO.org

Global Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems – coral reefs. GCRA is a coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations committed to coral reef preservation.
http://globalcoral.org

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) works hard to improve management and conservation of coral reefs by providing manuals, equipment, databases, training and problem solving services, and helps with finding funds for reef monitoring.
http://www.gcrmn.org

GreenFins is a programme that encourages dive centres and snorkel operators to work together to reduce their environmental impacts on coral reefs by adopting the Green Fins Code of Conduct
http://www.greenfins.net/

ICRIForum is the official web site of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, and other relevant international conventions and agreements.
http://www.icriforum.org

International Marinelife Alliance
http://www.imamarinelife.org

Man And The Environment – Dahab is an environmental resource to service the interest of those who need to know about the ecology of the Sinai, its reefs, mountains and Bedouin culture.
http://www.mate-dahab.com

Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) aims to address the coral reef crisis. Since its inception, it has pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs through innovative programs in science, education and technology.
http://www.pcrf.org

Reef Check is a volunteer, ocean conservation organization designed to save coral reefs globally and temperate reefs in California. It is active in over 82 countries and territories throughout the world.
http://www.reefcheck.org

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is a grass-roots, non-profit organization of recreational divers who regularly conduct fish biodiversity and abundance surveys during their dives. Its aim is to protect marine life through education, service and research.
http://www.reef.org

ReefGuardian International is a public-interest advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to the protection of coral reefs and their marine life.
http://www.reefguardian.org

Reef Relief is a non-profit grassroots membership organization dedicated to preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems through local, regional and international efforts.
http://www.reefrelief.org

SeaWeb is a communications-based non-profit organization that uses social marketing techniques to advance ocean conservation; raising public awareness, advancing science-based solutions and mobilizing decision-makers around ocean conservation.
http://www.seaweb.org

The Coral Reef Research Institute enhances the conservation and good management of coral reefs through education and research. By helping coordinate Australian university research and teaching programs, it directly supports research, student training and contributes to achieving the goal of sustainable management of the world’s coral reef resources.  http://www.reef.edu.au/CRRI

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO provides member states of the UN with the mechanisms for global cooperation in the study of our oceans.
http://ioc.unesco.org/iocweb/index.php

The Marine Conservation Biology Institute aims to encourage scientists who want to safeguard the oceans’ web of life. Its mission is to advance the science of marine conservation biology and secure protection for ocean ecosystems.
http://www.mcbi.org

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program supports effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems.
http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov

The NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP) is responsible for assessing and restoring coastal and marine resources injured by oil spills, hazardous substance releases, and vessel groundings.
http://www.darrp.noaa.gov/

The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life.
http://www.oceanconservancy.org

The ReefWorld Foundation
http://www.reef-world.org/ – The Reef-World Foundation is a UK-based charity that has worked with local people to conserve coral reefs in SE Asia for over 10 years.

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) promotes the educational, scientific and technological development of all aspects of marine conservation throughout the Western Indian Ocean region.
http://www.wiomsa.org

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
http://www.wdcs.org

 

Marine Science Research and Information Resources:

Reef Education Network is Queensland University’s website dedicated to providing easy to use and accessible information on the watery world of coral reef ecosystems.
http://www.reef.edu.au

ReefBase is the world’s premier online information system on coral reefs, and provides information services to coral reef professionals involved in management, research, monitoring, conservation and education.  http://www.reefbase.org

NOAA’s Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) provides services and information for researchers and the public in order to help improve and sustain coral reef health throughout the world.
http://www.coral.aoml.noaa.gov/

Reefnet is an Internet information service designed to increase the understanding of coral reef ecosystems worldwide, to facilitate discourse on coral reefs and make quality reporting available.
http://www.reefnet.org

SeaWorld has a range of good educational guides for teachers and other resources
http://www.seaworld.org

This useful job site connects conservation professionals with opportunities to protect fauna and flora in the UK and worldwide

http://www.conservation-jobs.co.uk

MCS protect ocean wildlife, work with fisheries for sustainable seas and help to keep our seas and beaches clean

http://www.mcsuk.org/

 

Conservation and Global Development Organisations

The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest conservation network. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
http://www.iucn.org

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
http://www.unep.org

Greenpeace stands for positive change through action to defend the natural world and promote peace. It investigates, exposes and confronts environmental abuse by governments and corporations around the world and champions environmentally responsible and socially just solutions.
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk

Friends of the Earth’s work is centred on three beliefs: we must look after our planet, everyone has a right to a fair share, and realistic alternatives are possible.
http://www.foe.co.uk

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) promotes ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.
http://www.ser.org

UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge.
http://www.unep-wcmc.org

 

General guides, factsheets and resources for Madagascar: 

Travel guides and tour operators Madagascar;

Madagascar New Found Travel

http://www.madagascar-nf-travel.com/

Bradt Guide Madagascar

http://www.bradtguides.com/Book/154/Madagascar.html

Madagascar Travel guide – A travel guide written by former Peace corps volunteers working in Madagascar

http://www.otherplacespublishing.com

Madagascar travel guide:

http://www.travelmadagascar.org/

Madagascar National Parks:

http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/

Madagascar (English, French and Malagasy)
http://www.masombahiny.com/index.html - a guide to the country

Visit Madagascar
http://www.visitmadagascar.com/

Madagascar from wbur
http://www.wbur.org/special/madagascar/ - a guide to the country with photos, videos and meet the people sections.

Ministry of Tourism (in French)
http://www.tourisme.gov.mg/Decouvrir/index.cfm

Tourism Board of Madagascar (in French)
http://www.madagascar-tourisme.com/

Wild Madagascar (multi-lingual)
http://www.wildmadagascar.org/

Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/africa/madagascar/

Wikitravel
http://wikitravel.org/en/Madagascar

The Backpacker
http://www.thebackpacker.net/travelguides/madagascar/index.htm

Travels in Madagascar - information on the lemurs of Madagascar

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rodeime/lemurs/

 

Websites with facts, information on Madagascar;

United Nations Development Programme
http://hdr.undp.org – Madagascar factsheet

CIA World Fact Book
https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ma.html

Library of Congress country studies
http://countrystudies.us/madagascar/

BBC country profiles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/1063208.stm

United Nations Development Programme
http://hdr.undp.org – Madagascar factsheet

Wild Madagascar (multi-lingual)
http://www.wildmadagascar.org - examines Madagascar’s uniqueness and explains why the Malagasy people can look toward a brighter future.

The Greatest Places
http://www.greatestplaces.org/book_pages/madagascar2.htm - explores Madagascar’s uniqueness and news of the day with links to more sites.

National Geographic
http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_madagascar.html

123madagascar
http://www.123madagascar.com - a web directory and search engine dedicated to Madagascar

A Madagascar Bibliography
http://www.calacademy.org/research/library/biodiv/biblio/mad2000.htmby the California Academy of Sciences Library.

Madagascar Library
http://www.madagascar-library.com/

Bugbog
http://www.bugbog.com/exotic_places/madagascar_travel.html

The Africa Guide
http://www.africaguide.com/country/madagas/index.htm

Africa.com
http://www.africa.com/dmap/Madagascar/Overview

Also check the Madagascan embassy or consulate website in your country, most have useful tourist and travel information.

Madagascar A World Apart
http://www.pbs.org/edens/madagascar/

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/scihort/madagascar/index.html - website dedicated to the plant life of Madagascar.

Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments
http://icte.bio.sunysb.edu/pages/madagascar.html

 

Travel Health:

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
http://www.thehtd.org/travel/default.asp

MD travelhealth.com
http://mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/africa/madagascar.html

Netdoctor
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/africa/madagascar.shtml

Traveldoctor.info
http://www.traveldoctor.info/vaccinations/madagascar.72.html

The Travel Doctor
http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/africa.htm#2ndb

Travel Health Online (requires registration)
https://www.tripprep.com/scripts/main/default.asp

Travel Health Advisory Group
http://www.welltogo.com.au/

UNAIDS
http://www.unaids.org/en/Regions_Countries/default.asp

World Health Organization (French and Spanish versions available)
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/

Fit for Travel
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/

Health Protection Agency
http://www.hpa.org.uk/topics/index.htm

National Travel Health Network and Centre
http://www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htm

 

Diving Insurance:

http://www.dive-master.net

DAN Europe
http://www.daneurope.org

DAN North America
http://www.diversalertnetwork.org

DAN Africa
http://www.dansa.org

DAN South East Asia and Pacific
http://www.danasiapacific.org

DAN Japan
http://www.danjapan.gr.jp

 

National advice services:

Australia 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Tradehttp://www.smartraveller.gov.au/travel_insurance.html
Insurance Council of Australiahttp://app01.ica.com.au/help/traveltips.jsp

Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/report-en.asp?country=168000

France
France diplomatie
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

New Zealand
Safe Travel
http://safetravel.govt.nz/beforeugo/health.shtml#insurance

Insurance Council of New Zealand
http://icnz.org.nz/consumer/travel/

The Netherlands
Auswärtiges Amt
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/de/Laender/Madagaskar.html

UK 
http://ukinmadagascar.fco.gov.uk

USA 
Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1185.html

 

Dive agencies:

PADI
http://www.padi.com/

BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club)
http://www.bsac.com

SSI America
http://ssiusa.com

SSI UK
http://ssiuk.com

SSI Australia
http://www.ssidiving.com

NAUI
http://www.naui.com

CMAS
http://www.cmas2000.org

Project Aware
http://www.projectaware.org

 

General diving advice:

Dive International
http://www.dive-international.net/

UK Diving
http://www.ukdiving.co.uk/index.php

Scubaboard
http://www.scubaboard.com

Underwater
http://www.underwater.com.au/index.php

Scuba travel
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/qualifications.html

Deeper Blue
http://www.deeperblue.net

Divers Unlimited International
http://www.dui-online.com

 

Diving Equipment:

Reviews and advice
http://www.divebooty.co.uk/

Simply Scuba
http://www.simplyscuba.com/ShowPage.aspx?ShowPage=ChoosingDiveEquipment

Dive International
http://www.dive-international.net/equipment/index.htm

Aquapics (underwater photography)
http://www.underwater-housing.co.uk

 

Airlines:

Air France

http://www.airfrance.com

Air Madagascar
http://www.airmadagascar.com

Corsair
http://www.corsair.fr

Air Mauritius
http://www.airmauritius.com

Air Kenya

http://www.kenya-airways.com

 

Misc:

Afromix (English and French)
http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/pays/madagascar/index.en.html - Malagasy music, groups and artists, with special pages on some Malagasy musicians.

Malagasy
http://www.malagasy.co.uk - Information and recipes from Madagascar and details of its fair trade products – including Mora Mora chocolate – and how to find it where you live (Waitrose if you’re in the UK!)

World Conservation Society
http://wildexplorations.com/home/18763581/madagascar-about

Au Zoma Boutique (French)
http://www.auzoma.com/ - Malagasy products to buy online including films, music videos, gifts, coffee, chocolate and even Malagasy cigarettes! And yes they do come from Madagascar so delivery times may be slow.

National Museum of African Art, The Textile Arts of Madagascar virtual exhibition
http://www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/malagasy/index.html

Metropolitan Museum of Art Malagasy exhibitions online
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/madg_1/hd_madg_1.htm

A guide to taking great photos

http://www.photographydegree.com/photography-101/