Herizo is a driving force behind integrating local people into conservation management and monitoring in Madagascar. Madagascar remains in the midst of an environmental crisis. In one of the poorest countries in the world, with few livelihood options and low capacity for enforcing environmental protection, community-based conservation is seen as a sustainable solution.
Herizo has developed widely successful community-led conservation programmes across the country whereby local communities actively engage in conservation through local-led monitoring, decision-making and application of dina (local community laws). He runs the largest programme of village-based monitoring in Madagascar and today involves 461 local monitors from 81 villages across five conservation areas. This approach is at the centre of Madagascarʼs strategy for ensuring forest and wetland conservation can be sustainable when resources are so limiting and the pressure on biodiversity so overwhelming.
Herizo leads programmes across seven globally important conservation areas, four forest and three wetland sites, with a combined surface area of 3,500 km2.