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Centre ValBio

Centre ValBio works to protect Madagascar’s unique and biologically diverse ecosystems through conservation science and projects that directly benefit the local people. CVB is an international research station situated on the edge of Madagascar's beautiful and abundant Ranomafana National Park. Under the direction of renowned primatologist Patricia C. Wright, Centre ValBio facilitates hands-on science to sustain the resources and people of Madagascar. In collaboration with the local people, CVB is expanding the frontiers of knowledge while safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.     Learn More About Centre ValBio

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Dr. Patricia C. Wright

Dr. Wright is a scientist and a distinguished professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, NY. She has received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award) and three medals of honor from the Malagasy government.   She is the first woman to win the Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation (equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Conservation). Wright is Founder and Executive Director of Stony Brook University Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments, and is Founder and Executive Director of the Centre ValBio, a research and training center in Ranomafana, Madagascar.  After Wright discovered a new species of lemur in 1986, she helped establish its habitat as a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wright has published over 200 scientific papers, authored four books and has given hundreds of lectures to museums, universities and societies throughout the US and Europe.

Her research and accomplishments have been featured in the award winning documentary IMAX/Warner Brothers film "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar " narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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Biodiversity Conservation & Restoration

CVB's core mission is to ensure the long-term survival of  Ranomafana National Park, and other ecosystems across the tropics, so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from them. Through both our work on the ground and also our international collaborations, we have made great advances in research and applied science, shedding light on exciting new ways of conserving our world.

 

Biodiversity Conservation & RestorationCVB's core mission is to ensure the long-term survival of  Ranomafana National Park, and other ecosystems across the tropics, so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from them. Through both our work on the ground and also our international collaborations, we have made great advances in research and applied science, shedding light on exciting new ways of conserving our world. ... Learn More
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Health

CVB is committed to providing quality healthcare access to the remote villages that surround Ranomafana National Park. In 2004 we revived the Health Team created in 1989 by Lon Kightlinger, sending healthcare professionals to deliver much-needed support directly to the people.  The Team provides first-line intervention throughout the region, and in many cases they are the only accessible healthcare service.
HealthCVB is committed to providing quality healthcare access to the remote villages that surround Ranomafana National Park. In 2004 we revived the Health Team created in 1989 by Lon Kightlinger, sending healthcare professionals to deliver much-needed support directly to the people.  The Team provides first-line intervention throughout the region, and in many cases they are the only accessible healthcare service.... Learn More
Essential Oil Production

Economics

CVB's economic outreach activities, active since 2004, aim to refine business skills in local communities while helping to establish new, independent economic engines for the region. Currently 12 villages take part in the program. Initiatives include women's weaving cooperatives, traditional essential oil producers, and spice growers who plant endemic trees to aid with reforestation.
EconomicsCVB's economic outreach activities, active since 2004, aim to refine business skills in local communities while helping to establish new, independent economic engines for the region. Currently 12 villages take part in the program. Initiatives include women's weaving cooperatives, traditional essential oil producers, and spice growers who plant endemic trees to aid with reforestation.... Learn More
CVB Conservation Education Program

Education

CVB has made the education of Madagascar's youth a priority since 2004, when it launched the Child and Tree Fund. Since then, CVB's Education Department has developed a number of programs targeting high school-aged people around the Ranomafana National Park.  For instance, the Madaworks program provides scholarships to women who would otherwise have to leave full-time education.  Additionally, all researchers and Study Abroad groups must support a Malagasy student in order to develop local research capabilities .

 

EducationCVB has made the education of Madagascar's youth a priority since 2004, when it launched the Child and Tree Fund. Since then, CVB's Education Department has developed a number of programs targeting high school-aged people around the Ranomafana National Park.  For instance, the Madaworks program provides scholarships to women who would otherwise have to leave full-time education.  Additionally, all researchers and Study Abroad groups must support a Malagasy student in order to develop local research capabilities . ... Learn More

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Visiting Centre ValBio

“I never thought such advanced facilities could exist in a rainforest. I could not have completed my research anywhere else."

Perched on the edge of a waterfall, overlooking the Ranomafana Rainforest, Centre ValBio offers unique, direct access to a biological hotspot for research, while housing on-site laboratory facilities for genetics, disease, ecology, biology, and technology research.

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