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  1. Thank you for the presentation! It is interesting to connect family planning to conservation programs. There seem to be quite a lot of synergies. What are some of the practical challenges you experience to implement such a holistic approach?

    1. Thank you for your interest!
      Yes indeed, there are some challenges we face on implementation phase including a strong policy which establishes an enabling environment for the approach in the country. There are already policies focusing on environment and other policies for health, but there is no policy which present the links, so this one challenge we wish to overtake. There are still cultural barriers too, especially regarding family planning in some areas and the best ways to face those barriers are fundamental. And finally, in some place, some rural communities are living in very remote place (sometimes deep in the forest), and health service providers have difficulties to reach them sometimes. We are currently in a process of developing an innovation to reach the last mile communities with health partners.

  2. Thankyou for giving non-members access for observation. Some of your seminars I have shared on Facebook sites of the Global Ecovillage Network. I hope that in the future some members of GEN will be animated to participate with your conference. As with the conservation program in Madagascar, GEN coach ecovillage communities around the world to recognize how human communication, behavior and culture affect their surrounding ecosystems.

    1. Thank you for sharing and for your comments.
      That would be great to have them to be involved on our approach and within the Madagascar Population Health Environment (PHE) network ( too. We want to involve and reach more partners, so then we have large impacts of the holistic approach at community level. That would be interesting too to learn more about GEN activities. Thank you.

  3. Thank you Nantenaina.

    Does your ‘holistic approach’ also include adult education for example? Education is one of the key factors to inform families about family planning.

    Maybe more explanation on the Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) – Global Ecovillage Network activities would be interesting.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your question.
      Yes, activities in the field include adult education. During community mobilisation, on a joint mission between a health and environment staff, cross-sectors messages are shared. Community health workers or health service providers are providing health and family planning education and they can target women and men in villages. One interesting about joint mission is that men are more interested on natural resource management and women on health session, but during this session we mixed the session so that various messages on health and on resources management can target both of them.

      On CBNRM site, as a community based natural resource management, the aim is to ensure communities are able to manage themselves the areas, in a sustainable way. Supporting NGOs partners are providing governance training, building their capacity to give them that capacity and so communities leave their destructive habit or overexploitation of resources. In the meantime, supporting partners are giving access income alternatives (more conservative e.g. see cucumber and seaweed farming if its a marine context). On that process, existing tools are in place as in place as the Natural Resources Management Transfer policy for example.
      But the approach to manage a protected area could vary following the status and category following the UICN guidance.

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