Weʼre raising £6,000 to Eilidhs Volunteering Expedition: Turtle Monitoring, Reef Surveying, Beach Clean Ups & Artificial Reef work - Madagascar
- Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Hi, my name is Eilidh
Throughout my life I have always had a passion for wildlife and feel passionately about the need to cut down on plastic to ensure that the wildlife of our seas can be protected and restored. My aim is to go the extra mile and physically help at a Marine Conservation while I am fit and able to do so.
Recently I have been feeling very low as the people closest to my heart aren’t very well at present.
My dad has just been diagnosed with cancer and my mum is currently waiting for tests to see what is wrong with her. My grandma on my dad side, kidneys are failing and due to her age and condition there is very little they can do to help her.
Given everything going on in my life, I have been inspired by those around me to make the most out of life and do something meaningful that will help make this world better.
Currently there are 15,000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) spread across 18.5 million square kilometres of ocean and sea. Up to 13% of territorial waters are now protected, and dramatic progress has been made towards achieving one of the goals of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute (MRCI) is a government approved organisation undertaking environmental research, community development and educational programs. (MRCI) is an Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that operates on and around Nosy Komba Island, in Northern Madagascar.
Throughout my trip I will work in collaboration with and on behalf of a number of oceanographic organisations to gather vital raw data through a number of initiatives, some of them being:
• Nudibranch Research, Through surveys using scuba diving equipment I will provide data to determine the species density and biodiversity of nudibranchs in the area as well as associated substrates.
• Turtle Monitoring, helping to establish an estimated inventory of turtles using the reef surrounding Nosy Komba. The identification of individuals within a population is the preliminary step in the ecological study of a species.
Census – Through snorkel surveys and visual monitoring I will be able to establish an annual population census. Here I will determine the frequency and population strength of the varying species of turtle that visit the area.
Nesting – During the nesting season I will help keep watch for females laying eggs and hatchlings making their way to the sea. Our aim is to monitor breeding and protect nests from any disturbance.
• Reef Surveying,I will help with monitoring the biodiversity, health and growth of the reef system surrounding Nosy Komba, This is achieved through fish, invertebrate and coral surveys using scuba diving equipment.
• Beach Clean Ups, I will help Clean beaches to help save the lives of marine animals that are caught in and/or eat marine litter as well as removing synthetic, damaging material from the ecosystem. This data is being collected for an international research project being run by University of Cape Town, monitoring ocean waste across the Indian Ocean.
• Community provide education to the local community about environmental issues, conservation and the protection of biodiversity and marine resources such as food
• Artificial Reef reef regeneration by coral propagation and litter removal on our artificial reef structures we can aim to increase the coral reef size and health in the area, thus providing more habitat space for reef fish.
The Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute is partnered with :
Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’. Plastic Oceans Foundation engages people of all ages, in all social situations, to understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable.
Community Centered Conservation (C3)
C3 develops conservation efforts worldwide by building the capacity of local individuals and institutions through grass-roots research and training initiatives. Their vision is a planet where future generations thrive in harmony with their natural environment.
Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) was initiated in 1999 as a response to the El-Niño related mass bleaching and mortality of corals in the Indian Ocean in 1998. It is a non-profit research organization, registered in Kenya, with a network of projects, collaborators and partners that extends across the Indian Ocean.
The £6000 raised will go towards Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute any money raised over my target will be donated and split between Prostate Cancer Uk & The British Heart Foundation
I have been doing care shifts in the care home on top of my full time administration job to fund my flights and equipment needed to go
Other sources of fundraising are being carried out on a local level with help from my friends and family. I intend to give updates on a monthly basis and, as and when we hit specific milestones.
I have linked two videos of the work that the Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute is doing and I would be involved in.
Please help me raise money to make this experience of volunteering at the Madagascar Marine Conservation come true!!
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Elaine and Mike
Jun 7, 2018
Well done, it’s a great cause xx
Jun 2, 2018
Go Girl, go!!!!
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018
Sorry to hear about your parents. Let them know I am asking for them. Good luck to your challenge. Xxx
Apr 8, 2018
Apr 4, 2018
You will be brilliant at this! So excited for you Eilidh.xx
Apr 4, 2018
Good luck eilidh. Emma xx
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