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Environmental Protection: Ambatovy Participated in the 27th Meeting of the International Primatological Society

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To present the results of its efforts in lemur conservation between 2008 and 2017, Ambatovy participated in the 27th edition of the International Primatological Society Congress, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from August 19 to 25, 2018, with a presentation and a poster displaying the studies and results of our lemur management program from 2008-2017.

Through the conference discussions, it was determined that five of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world are located in Madagascar while two of them were present in Ambatovy’s conservation areas: the Indri indri and the Aye-aye. In total, there are eleven lemur species living around Ambatovy’s sites and conservation areas, all of which are included in our lemur conservation and monitoring activities. The Lemur Management Plan, within the Ambatovy Environmental Management System , allows Ambatovy access to real time data so that we can quickly identify and mitigate negative effects and improve our biodiversity management.

In line with our participation in the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme(BBOP), our extensive lemur monitoring and observation programs enable us to study the effect of our operations on local lemur populations so that we can minimize and mitigate any negative effects.

The International Primatological Society holds a congress every two years to encourage non-human Primatological scientific research, facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and promote the conservation of all primate species. The theme of this year’s congress was “Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates.”

For more information on Ambatovy’s lemur programs, click here Poster here