Welcome to Velondriake Marine Protected Area
The Vezo people who inhabit the southwest coast depend on the sea for their livelihood and cultural identity. In order to achieve sustainable use of their natural resources, local people created Madagascar’s first community-managed protected area, Velondriake, in 2006. The protected area spans over 640 sq km, making it the largest locally managed marine reserve in the Indian Ocean, and is managed by 25 communities using dina, a traditional law recognised by the Malagasy government. Velondriake contains areas where traditional fishing activities continue, and others where it is temporarily or permanently forbidden. Conservation efforts even extend to aquaculture and family planning, in order to reduce dependency on natural resources. The program has been a great success and is now being replicated elsewhere along the reef and in other parts of Madagascar by Blue Ventures and partner conservation groups.