Without a local understanding of why forests and biodiversity should be preserved, successful conservation can not be achieved. For over fifteen years CVB has been working toward educating local populations about conservation, health, and empowerment topics. Our reach is multi-modal featuring ground based remote education teams operating in local village schools, and sponsorship of a radiostation to broadcast important conservation information and topics to a much wider and more diverse audience.
C entre ValBio's conservation education program works most intimately with 20 conse rvat ion clubs throughout our 26 target villages. Membersh ip in our school based conservation clubs consisting of well over five hundred remotely located students. Biodiversity and reforestation classes are brought to the villages through audiovisual and hands-on demonstration programs delivered weekly for many of these schools. Conservation is only effective when it meets people's real needs. CVB first launched this program in schools and h as since expanded to 22 villages. In 2021, the program will again target 35 villages, 23 schools and 23 conservation clubs engaging more of Madagascar's best chance for conservation, in a program designed to inspire them to action.
CVB has restored and has been operating a con
servation focused radio station anchored within Ranomafana Town since 2017. Sponsored by Saving our Species, the Commune of Ranomafana, and the Madagascar Government, the station reaches a daily audience of around 10,000 listeners. Thirty minutes of programming a day, interspersed within regular music, governmental broadcasts, community bulletins, is dedicated to conservation education, and is geared toward teens and adults, who are no longer in school and thus unable to take part in a concentrated school program.