Centre ValBio (CVB) was created to help both local people and the international community to better understand the value of conservation in Madagascar and around the world through research, training, and education. We encourage responsible use of natural resources in order to promote sustainable development in Madagascar.
Prior to the establishment of CVB, the economic survival of rural communities in the area was based almost exclusively on the overuse of natural resources. A core mission of CVB is to reduce poverty in the area and encourage environmental conservation while simultaneously promoting ecologically and economically sustainable development programs.
Located near the eastern rainforest corridor of the province of Fianarantsoa, CVB is situated very close to Ranomafana National Park, which was established in 1991 as a direct result of the rediscovery of the greater bamboo lemur by Dr. Patricia C. Wright. In addition to the conservation of the habitat of this critically-endangered lemur, CVB supports local producers of medicinal plants and essential oils, reforestation, weaving cooperatives, conservation clubs, and ecotourism, to name but a few projects.