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January SEE Project Round-Up 

A new year on our projects has brought us many new studies in Madagascar, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Cambodia. For all of our project news please visit the Society for Environmental Exploration (SEE) website. 

Image Courtesy of Sarah Cheetham 
Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Madagascar - MGF - Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

An ever increasing herpetofaunal database

Madagascar is already world renowned for its high levels of biodiversity and high degree of endemism, but sadly it is also becoming known for its ever increasing levels of deforestation. This process is occurring at an alarming rate, especially with the onset of increasing Malagasy populations over the last century. 


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Madagascar - MGM - Marine Conservation and Diving

Preliminary assessment of turtle populations: behaviour and species identification

A preliminary study has been conducted on Nosy Be Island, Madagascar to record the occurrence of turtles and their behaviour as part of a future assessment of species status in this area. 


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Coral Reef Health Monitoring 

The MGM team continue to monitor the health of the coral reefs of Nosy Be carrying out regular surveys of the benthos, invertebrate population and fish population present using Baseline Survey Protocol (BSP). This protocol involves five researchers carrying out different aspects of the data collection. The roles required include a physical surveyor, a benthic surveyor, an invertebrate surveyor, a territorial fish surveyor and a schooling fish surveyor. 

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Cambodia - CBM -  Marine Conservation and Diving

Introducing Frontier Cambodia Marine Project

New projects are currently being set up for a marine research project on the island of Koh Smach off the coast of Cambodia. The projects aim to focus on assessing and monitoring reef health and biodiversity as well as carrying out socio-economic assessments; the findings from these projects will benefit both the conservation of native wildlife as well as the local community. 


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Tanzania  - TZM - Marine Conservation and Diving

Change of site for hippopotamus ecotourism project

Over the next few months the Tanzania Marine programme wants to initiate a conservation and ecotourism project for the Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious). 



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Costa Rica  - CBP - Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Forest Re-vegetation

Deforestation is a significant threat to the wildlife of Costa Rica with large areas of land having been cleared for arable agriculture, plantations and buildings. These were the main causes of forest clearance between 1986 and 1991 when deforestation rates were estimated to be at 4.2%. The majority of people living in Costa Rica earn a living through agricultural means and so land clearance has been an important factor for many years with clearance rates being at their highest in the 1950s and 1960s. 

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