Madagascar Conservation and Community Development Organisations:

Akany Avoko – a small Malagasy community organisation dedicated to improving life in Madagascar

Azafady – 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 – is a socio-economic organisation helping the community to establish and run their own businesses.

Honco – reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems in Madagascar is the focus of this organisation in southwestern Madagascar.

Hoavy – a organisation involved in the propagation and restoration of native plant species in southwest Madagascar.

The Andrew Lees Trust – Social and environmental projects in Madagascar

The Dodwell Trust Madagascar – 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

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

International Marinelife Alliance

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.

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.

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.

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.

ReefGuardian International is a public-interest advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to the protection of coral reefs and their marine life.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life.

The ReefWorld Foundation – 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.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society


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.

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.

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.

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.

SeaWorld has a range of good educational guides for teachers and other resources

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge.


General guides, factsheets and resources for Madagascar: 

Travel guides and tour operators Madagascar;

Madagascar New Found Travel

Bradt Guide Madagascar

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

Madagascar travel guide:

Madagascar National Parks:

Madagascar (English, French and Malagasy) – a guide to the country

Visit Madagascar

Madagascar from wbur – a guide to the country with photos, videos and meet the people sections.

Ministry of Tourism (in French)

Tourism Board of Madagascar (in French)

Wild Madagascar (multi-lingual)

Lonely Planet


The Backpacker

Travels in Madagascar – information on the lemurs of Madagascar


Websites with facts, information on Madagascar;

United Nations Development Programme – Madagascar factsheet

CIA World Fact Book

Library of Congress country studies

BBC country profiles

United Nations Development Programme – Madagascar factsheet

Wild Madagascar (multi-lingual) – examines Madagascar’s uniqueness and explains why the Malagasy people can look toward a brighter future.

The Greatest Places – explores Madagascar’s uniqueness and news of the day with links to more sites.

National Geographic

123madagascar – a web directory and search engine dedicated to Madagascar

A Madagascar Bibliography the California Academy of Sciences Library.

Madagascar Library


The Africa Guide

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

Madagascar A World Apart

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew – website dedicated to the plant life of Madagascar.

Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments


Travel Health:

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases



The Travel Doctor

Travel Health Online (requires registration)

Travel Health Advisory Group


World Health Organization (French and Spanish versions available)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fit for Travel

Health Protection Agency

National Travel Health Network and Centre


Diving Insurance:

DAN Europe

DAN North America

DAN Africa

DAN South East Asia and Pacific

DAN Japan


National advice services:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Insurance Council of Australia

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

France diplomatie

New Zealand
Safe Travel

Insurance Council of New Zealand

The Netherlands
Auswärtiges Amt


Department of State


Dive agencies:


BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club)

SSI America


SSI Australia



Project Aware


General diving advice:

Dive International

UK Diving



Scuba travel

Deeper Blue

Divers Unlimited International


Diving Equipment:

Reviews and advice

Simply Scuba

Dive International

Aquapics (underwater photography)



Air France

Air Madagascar


Air Mauritius

Air Kenya



Afromix (English and French) – Malagasy music, groups and artists, with special pages on some Malagasy musicians.

Malagasy – 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

Au Zoma Boutique (French) – 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Malagasy exhibitions online

A guide to taking great photos