Conservation International Madagascar is using a novel approach to complement conservation agreements – a biodiversity competition to excite and teach communities about the biodiversity with which they live.
Communities agreed to specific monitoring activities and at the end of the year each community received scores based on their performance. Awards were then granted to invest in micro-projects that the community has prioritized. Funding ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 for projects such as drinking water provision and irrigation systems.
This competition approach enhances the communities’ interest in conservation and their adherence to the conservation agreement while providing additional benefits to improve human well-being.