The AMPELA Conservation project by Groupe des Spécialistes et des Passionnés de Baobabs de Madagascar (GSPBM) in Madagascar seeks to establish a nonprofit organization led by Malagasy women researchers and community leaders. The name “AMPELA” means “Women” in the local dialect and stands for “Amplifying the Movement of women-powered efforts to Protect the Environment through Leadership and Actions.”
With a focus on restoring the baobab forest through women-led conservation and community engagement, this initiative builds upon a successful model. It empowers women by providing them with the skills to manage nursery trees, make reforestation decisions, and take leadership roles in conservation efforts, addressing the gender disparity in education, research, and conservation sectors in Madagascar.
Through collective decision-making and sustainable livelihood development, AMPELA Conservation aims to bring about transformative change, benefiting the local community and the environment while advancing gender equity in the region.