Conserving Orchids in the Eastern Rain Forest of Madagascar: An Integrated Approach to Linking Local Residents and Biotechnology


technology transfers

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From, M., Gouveia, T., Rajaonarivelo, J. F., Friedman, S., Logeman, D., & Ravoniarison, N. (2005). Conserving Orchids in the Eastern Rain Forest of Madagascar: An Integrated Approach to Linking Local Residents and Biotechnology. Selbyana, 26(1/2), 89–91. Retrieved from


Having witnessed more than 90% destruction of its forests in just the past few decades, Madagascar is one of the most endangered centers of biodiversity in the world. Widespread destruction by fires clears the land for crop production and results in forest fragmentation. In Madagascar, more than 1000 indigenous orchid species survive as remnant populations in parks, reserves, or private collections. Ranomafana National Park shelters many of the orchid species native to the eastern rain forest region. A project addressing orchid conservation was undertaken through a cooperative agreement among Association Nationale Pour La Gestion Des Aires Protegees (ANGAP), the Madagascar Institute Pour La Conservation Des Environments Tropicaux (MICET), and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. The initial purpose was to provide training in biotechnology for students from the University of Antananarivo, who would use that training to aid orchid conservation in Madagascar. Orchid propagation and acclimatization training was provided at the zoo in 2000 and 2003. A second part of the project was to conduct an orchid survey in Ranomafana National Park, which was undertaken in 2000. The project's overall purpose was to involve Malagasy residents in the field survey and technology transfers, which subsequently led to involvement by park guides and regional forestry personnel at Ranomafana.


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