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Insights from practitioners in Madagascar to inform more effective international conservation funding

Johanna Eklund
Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek
Luciano Andriamaro
Tsiorisoa Mihanta Bakoliarimisa
Christina Galitsky
Ony Rabearivololona
Domoina J. Rakotobe
Harifidy O. Ralison
Lalatiana Odile Randriamiharisoa
Joe Rasamoelinarivo
David Rasolofoson
Joelisoa Ratsirarson
Andriamandimbisoa Razafimpahanana
Eric Marcel Temba
Aili Pyhälä
Daniel C. Miller


Bending the curve on biodiversity loss will require increased conservation funding and a wiser resource allocation. Local conservation practitioner  expertise will be vital in decision-making processes related to funding. Yet, the integration of their insights into funder priorities and strategies is often  insufficient, particularly in countries where international funding comprises the bulk of support for conservation. More generally, the role of funding  remains under-analyzed in conservation and opportunities for funder-practitioner dialogue at a broad strategic level are limited. We seek to address  these critical gaps by presenting results from a participatory workshop of conservation practitioners in Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity  hotspots. Five major areas of need emerged, and these challenges need to be addressed if we are to see long-term solutions to the biodiversity crisis: (1)  strengthen law and policy implementation; (2) ensure sustainability of funding; (3) improve coherence and coordination within and beyond the  conservation sector; (4) support self-strengthening of local communities; and (5) invest in capacity development. This article elaborates on these thematic  areas and their implications for international donors in Madagascar and beyond. Our approach demonstrates a way for amplifying in-country  practitioner voices in a collaborative way and highlights the need for their inclusion at all stages of conservation program development so that funding  priorities better reflect local needs and aspirations while enhancing prospects for enduring conservation outcomes.


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