Explorers' Journals

Storms and Snakes (by Marlies Volckaert)

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© 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)

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© 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)

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Seaweed farming has become a major secondary economic activity for fishermen in Beheloke.
© 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)

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Notre maison de volontaires à Beheloke, au cœur de l’équilibre des écosystèmes.
© 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)

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A spider found on the path into the village of Beheloke.
© 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)

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Les vovo traditionnels qui produisent un mélange d'eau douce et salée, sont toujours une importante source d'eau pour les divers besoins du ménage.
© 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)

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The sea is central to life in Beheloke, but can eco-tourism have a place there as well?
© 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)

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Children and I posing for a photo with pens, paper and a book, showing their enthusiasm to learn
© 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)

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The solar desalination plant in Beheloke
© 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)

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Young boy mending a sail and learning the local trade
© 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
© 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)

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Sunrise over the spiny forest
© WWF MWIOPO
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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