Understanding research use in protected area management in Madagascar

This project aimed to understand research use in protected area management in Madagascar to ensure that protected area managers in Madagascar benefit from current and future research results relevant to their mission. Protected area managers are important in that they can deliver on-the-ground impacts. The project investigated:
  • What research results are used for in protected area management
  • How often research results are used
  • What the barriers to research use in protected area management are

Questionnaires were sent to the managers of each of the 103 protected areas in Madagascar (as of 2015). Key findings of the project included:

  1. Protected area managers use research results for three main purposes: decision-making, strategic, and educational. These uses are not mutually exclusive.
  2. Research commissioned or conducted by the managing organisation is the most liekly to be used, relative to peer-reviewed literature, theses, or external studies.
  3. Barriers to research use (from protected area managers' perspectives) include time constraints to search for research results, a lack of research relevant to protected area management, language barriers, and resource constraints for implementation.

About Mr Herimanitra Patrick Rafidimanantsoa

Patrick had recently completed a MSc in Forestry, Rural Development and the Environment at the University of Antananarivo. He previously provided support to the ESPA P4GES project. His project, hosted by the University of Bangor, examined how research is used by protected area managers in Madagascar.

Fellow: Mr Herimanitra Patrick Rafidimanantsoa
Host Institution: University of Bangor
Start Date: 01/06/14
End Date: 30/11/16
Grant Ref No: FELL-2014-108
ESPA Fellow
Organisation:
Country: Madagascar
Lead Mentor
Organisation: Bangor University
Country: United Kingdom
Mentor
Organisation: King's College London
Country: United Kingdom
Mentor
Organisation: Bangor University
Country: United Kingdom
Mentor
Organisation: University of Antananarivo
Country: Madagascar