So, I made it back to the rainforest of Ranomafana, surrounded by old friends, and seeing how things that have changed and stayed the same. Lots of exciting new developments.

Particularly research, with an emphasis on tackling health challenges in local communities. A team from Emory University led by Dr. Sarah Zohdy is looking at zoonotic transmission of infectious diseases from people, livestock, and lemurs to understand the correlation between forest health and local livelihoods, and the Medical Department from Stanford University will be setting up a brand new genetics lab to identify naturally occurring variations of mouse lemurs to understand human disease, which Dr. Zohdy helped pioneer to include local training and education, and hopefully conservation and local understanding of their species.

So, I’ve been working with study abroad students to share with them the local value of parks as inclusive spaces for children’s learning about their environments and improving livelihoods. We’ve also been looking at the different UNICEF programs to understand how they could be better unified in practice to achieve broader access for youth to lead the way for children’s involvement in protecting their future. Lots going on.

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A day the study abroad students joined all the UNICEF groups for a major clean up, sustainable artisan, and community day in Ranomafana.

And some recent highlights-

A feature on the recent Environmental Education Conference:  Sussex News

And a local article on my recent work in Madagascar: Larchmont Daily Voice

Until next time, Veloma!