Masters in Fisheries Management, University of British Columbia,
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy is a passionate advocate for conservation and sustainability along Madagascar’s coastline communities. After working on small-scale fisheries research supported by the United Nations Nippon Foundation, Rakotondrazafy joined the Madagascar Locally Managed Marine Area Network (MIHARI), an organization that aims to represent marginalized fishing populations and work with them to create locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). Through these LMMAs, local communities can manage and protect both their own fishery practices and biodiversity by combining their traditional knowledge with the support of conservation practitioners.
Her work with MIHARI earned her the prestigious Whitley Award in 2019, which helped to further fund actions to expand and support additional LMMAs. Currently the President of MIHARI’s Board of Trustees, Rakotondrazafy also works with INDRI, a think tank working to protect both the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of Madagascar.
MIHARI - President, INDRI - National Coordinator
Involvement of local communities in policy development of natural resource management,