Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Image: WWT

Synchronicity Earth has been supporting the Madagascar Pochard through Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) since 2012 and is delighted to see how it is involving local communities to ensure success in the long-term. This is a model of conservation-in-action, leading to the revival of an incredibly rare and beautiful species, and to the restoration of crucial wetland habitat.

WWT has collaborated with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation TrustAsity Madagascar and the Madagascan government to prevent the extinction of the endemic Madagascar Pochard. At its lowest point, there were an estimated 25 birds left in the world, on a single lake. Between 1996 and 2006 it was thought the species had been lost forever. Upon their rediscovery in 2006, a captive breeding centre was established at a remote volcanic lake Madagascar to prevent the Pochard’s extinction. This now holds almost 100 birds (more than quadrupling the global population).

Madagascar has some of the most degraded wetlands in the world: 60% have been lost since the late 20th Century. WWT and its partners work with local communities and the Madagascan government to promote good wetlands management, highlighting the importance of freshwater systems for people and wildlife. By helping villagers understand how healthy ecosystems improve their quality of life, livelihoods and life chances, WWT is building strong partnerships with local people and has helped to restore Lake Sofia, where in 2018 the first releases of captive-bred Madagascar Pochard back into the wild will take place.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is also a part of our Regeneration portfolio.

At A Glance