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The Context

The availability of well preserved Natural resources is the basis for development of ecotourism and income-generating opportunities. Their conservation is crucial for soil erosion prevention and water supplies protection, both showing positive impact on household food security. Despite the Madagascar and Comoros governments’ efforts in implementing environment protection policies, much remains to be done for achieving the goal of conserving the countries biodiversity. That is mainly due to the poor involvement of local workforce and experts in conservation projects, to the incomplete knowledge of the islands patterns of species, and to the low level of awareness of local communities on conservation issues. The SCORE project is intended to support long term partnership between the European HEI, Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo (DBAU) of Turin University (Italy), and three ACP HEIs: the Faculty of Science of Mahajanga University (Madagascar) the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Antananarivo (ENS, Madagascar) and the Faculty of Science and Technology of Comoros University (Comoros Islands).

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The partners HEIs of the SCORE project were already cross-linked in academic cooperation frameworks. In 2002 the applicant DBAU signed a first cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Science of Mahajanga University, and in 2005 cooperates to the activation of the current Master in Primatology (see below fig 1 to 4 of previous projects), which represents the easiest destination for Comorian students willing to continue their studies. Moreover, in 2007 the ENS signed an agreement with the Institute of Teachers Training and Research of the Comoros University for implementing joint research and dissemination activities in the field of Education. On this perspective, the main goal of the SCORE project is to improve academic and education quality in the field of biodiversity management and conservation in order to straightened endogenous processes of economical and social development in Madagascar and Comoros.

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Project Tasks

TASK 1. Implementation of the Joint International Master on Sustainable Biodiversity Management and Conservation. Academic activities will be based at the Faculty of Science of Mahajanga University and at the Faculty of Science and Techniques of Comoros University (administrative headquarter). Turin University will provide funding opportunities for students’ mobility, allowing students from both Mahajanga and Comoros Universities to attend training periods in Italy. ENS-Antananarivo will provide scientific expertise related to educational tools and communications. continue reading

TASK 2. Linkage with local communities The SCORE project will provide financial support to 14 students attended the IM for performing traineeships at Natural Parks and Reserves of Madagascar and Comoros. Final dissemination and visibility event will be held at Mahajanga University, and will target local state and non state stakeholders committed in nature conservation, sustainable development, tourism, local policy definition. The ENS partner will implement specific workshop sessions for high school teachers in order to provide educational tools and know-how on sustainable development and intercultural processes as well as to improve expertise and communication skills. continue reading

Expected Impact

SCORE will positively impact the academic level of partner HEIs involved into the International Master. In fact, the IM students will complete their Education by attending international high quality lectures on biodiversity and conservation topics, and will be facilitated in accessing the labour market by receiving financial support for traineeships. Professors and technicians of the ACP HEIs will widen their scientific expertises as well as their technical skills by taking part to the joint academic activities. SCORE is expected to impact local stakeholders and general public by raising the level of awareness on biodiversity protection. In particular, local high school teachers, student of HEIs partners and other professionals involved in tourism and conservation will develop their professional skills in communicating sustainable development and intercultural related issues. continue reading