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Randriamboavonjy, Tianjanahary (Tiana)

Aloe vera plant
Job title: 

Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre: Communities Team Leader

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Malagasy (mother tongue), French and English

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

Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC) Assistant Team Manager.

Role: leading the KMCC Itremo Massif Protected Area Project and coordinating KMCC projects focused on community engagement in conservation. Expertise: Madagascan flora, participatory conservation, protected areas management, ecosystem services, Dioscoreaceae taxonomy.

The team aims to develop a suite of low-cost and sustainable livelihoods activities enabling communities to participate in conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main project is the Itremo Massif Protected Area Project, a collaboration between KMCC and local communities to establish a new 250 km2 protected area in the central highlands. Work includes baseline surveys and research leading to a detailed understanding of patterns of biodiversity and the affects of fire in order to optimize management for biodiversity and livelihoods. The Itremo Massif is a biodiversity hotspot, but its savanna and woodland vegetation is representative of around 50% of Madagascar’s vegetation by area. Complementary projects aim to develop simple agroforestry systems for the central highlands and eastern humid forests and promote cultivation and sustainable utilization of Madagascar’s 40 species of yams (Dioscorea). The projects will provide viable alternatives to damaging subsistence practices such as slash and burn cultivation.

Selected publications: 

Vorontsova, M., Ratovonirina, G. & Randriamboavonjy, T. (2013). Revision of Andropogon and Diectomis (Poaceae: Sacchareae) in Madagascar and the new Andropogon itremoensis from the Itremo Massif. Kew Bulletin 68: 193-207.

Randriamboavonjy, T., Wilkin, P., Rajaovelona, L. and Cable, S.(2013). Utilisation et conservation durable des ignames du corridor forestier Ambositra-Vondrozo, Madagascar. Scripta Botanica Belgica 50: 341-348.

Rajaovelona, L., Randriamboavonjy, T. & Cable, S. (2013). Conservation d’Angraecum longicalcar, une orchidée menacée et endémique de Madagascar. Scripta Botanica Belgica 50: 37-40.

Wilkin, P. & Randriamboavonjy, T. (2012). Nomenclatural changes in yams of Madagascar (Dioscorea: Dioscoreaceae) Kew Bulletin 67: 63-67.

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