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Randriamboavonjy, Tianjanahary (Tiana)

Job title: 

KMCC Assistant Team Manager and Species Conservation Officer

Conservation Directorate
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC)
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Malagasy (mother tongue), French and English

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1996
  • MSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1998
  • DEA, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 2000
  • IUCN-SSC Madagascar Plant Specialist Group (GSPM)
  • AETFAT 2010 Organising Committee

KMCC Assistant Team Manager and community-based conservation projects.

The overall responsibility is assisting the KMCC Team Manager with the management of KMCC, ensuring the development of the team and delivery of Kew’s projects in Madagascar. The focus of the role is to lead a small group of 3 or more staff within KMCC, developing effective strategies for engaging local communities in conservation, including protected area management and endangered species conservation. The wider issues to be addressed include food security, sustainable livelihoods and adaptation to climate change. The main responsibility is protected area management as this gives Kew the opportunity to work with communities within a legal framework, developing conservation and development programmes that can be scaled-up and applied outside of the protected area system where necessary. Model plant groups include yams and orchids and this post will provide over-view management for the KMCC staff working on these groups. The yams project is developing capacity for communities to conserve and sustainably utilise threatened species that are important sources of food during seasonal famine. The orchid project is developing methods for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of critically endangered species and aims to help define prioritisation protocols and develop a conservation action plan for Madagascar’s orchids.

Selected publications: 

Randriamboavonjy, T., Wilkin, P., Rajaovelona, L. & Cable, S. (in press). Utilisation et conservation des ignames du corridor forestier Ambositra-Vondrozo (COFAV). In: Proceedings of the 19th AETFAT Congress. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Rakotoarinivo, M., Ranarivelo, T. & Dransfield, J. (2007). A new species of Beccariophoenix from the High Plateau of Madagascar. Palms 51: 63-76.

Ranarivelo-Randriamboavonjy, T., Robbrecht, E., Rabakonandriainana, E. & De Block, P. (2007). Revision of the Malagasy species of the genus Tricalysia (Rubiaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 83-126.

Dransfield, J., Beentje, H., Britt, A., Ranarivelo, T. & Razafitsalama, J. (2006). Field Guide to the Palms of Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.