Explorers' Journals

Storms and Snakes

(by Marlies Volckaert)

© WWF Madagascar / Marlies Volckaert

Closing the door takes more of an effort – we are all nearly blown away. No more light enters the building.
All we see is black. All we hear are the violent winds on the roof. All we smell is a cyclone. 

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Beheloke a soif d’eau potable

(par Soaelina Aina)

© WWF Madagascar / Soaelina Aina

Le climat rude et sec ainsi que l'étendue de sable du Plateau Mahafaly abritent une nature d'une beauté incroyable. Malheureusement, l'eau n'y est pas potable. Si dans les villes, nous ouvrons simplement nos robinets, à Beheloke, il faut plus d'efforts pour avoir de l'eau potable et ce, depuis longtemps.

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Shifting Agriculture

(By Israel Bionyi Nyoh)

© WWF Madagascar / Israel Bionyi Nyoh

After WWF introduced seaweed farming as another economic trade in 2012, many fishermen turned to seaweed farming as their major alternative activity to fishing, to raise additional money for their families. The additional income helps, but meeting their basic costs still remains difficult. 

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Living Green: La Plage au Salon

(par Israel Bionyi Nyoh)

© WWF Madagascar/ Marlies Volckaert

"Une grande maison qui ressemble à un hôtel" est la description que Kintana, le fille de Luc, le propriétaire, donne de notre maison de volontaires à Beheloke.

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A Spider in Beheloke - What Kind of Web Should We Spin?

(by Gregg Smith)

© WWF Madagascar/ Israel Biyoni Nyoh

I’ve never been a fan of spiders. I once read that humans fear them because they are so different from us: faceless, emotionless. This was my belief until a recent day when I started a walk into the village of Beheloke that forever changed how I view spiders.

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Les « vovos », une autre manière de chercher l’eau portable à Beheloke

(par Enathe Hasabwamariya)

© WWF Madagascar / A.G. Klei

Vovo est le mot qui désigne les puits dans le village  de Beheloke. Creusé à la main un peu loin de la mer pour diminuer la salinité de l’eau, les vovos peuvent être  communes et/ou individuels. Pour protéger ces vovos, les villageois s’entraident pour creuser le puits et gérer leur usage.

The untapped potential of Beheloke

(by Gregg Smith)

© WWF Madagascar / Gregg Smith

Wandering between wooden huts in Beheloke, on the Southwestern shores of Madagascar, you are chased everywhere by the smell of fresh fish cooking on old, rusty stoves and the curious eyes of the children watching your every move.

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My first impressions of Beheloke

(by Soaelina Aina)

© WWF Madagascar/Israel Bionyi Nyoh

When I entered our host home in Beheloke I knew I was going to live an unforgettable experience.

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In Beheloke, the trials and rewards of providing clean water

(by Israel Bionyi Nyoh)

© WWF Madagascar/A.G. Klei

RAFALIMANANTSOA Nantenaine Narcisse Raymond distributes 4,000 to 5,000 liters of water from the water desalination plant to 5,000 inhabitants of Beheloke every day.

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What is lost; what is gained?

(by Navarana Smith)

© WWF Madagascar/Ralf Baecker

C’est une nouvelle époque chéri, les choses ont changé. Mellie ended her story with this, quoting her dad in translated French. She was sharing with us, by candlelight, the story of the sacred giant fish, the reni rano.

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Qu'est-ce qu'on y gagne et qu'est-ce qu'on y perd ?

(par Navarana Smith)

© WWF Madagascar/Ralf Baecker

C’est une nouvelle époque chéri, les choses ont changé.  C’est ainsi que Mellie clôt son histoire, en citant les mots de son père, traduits en français.  

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Exploration of the spiny forest

(by Marlies Volckaert)


At six o’clock in the morning, the sun rises above the spiny forest of Beheloka, south of Tulear, south-west coast of Madagascar. It is one of the ecosystems defined by WWF as prior to conservation.

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