Rakotoarisoa, Solofo Eric (Solofo)
KMCC Assistant Team Manager and Drylands Projects Officer
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC)
Foreign Language(s):Malagasy (mother tongue), French and English
Qualifications & Appointments
BSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1996
MSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1998
DEA, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 2000
International Diploma in Plant Conservation Techniques, Kew, 2003
IUCN-SSC Madagascar Plant Specialist Group (GSPM)
KMCC Assistant Team Manager and MSBP projects
Assisting with the management of KMCC, ensuring the development of the team and delivery of Kew’s projects in Madagascar. The main task is coordinating the seed collection programme in Madagascar for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) in liaison with the local partner, Silo National des Graines Forestières (SNGF). Responsibilities include implementing a seed collecting programme with a dedicated team and partner projects (e.g. WWF and Missouri Botanic Garden’s protected areas), prioritising target species, identifying herbarium specimens and managing the project database and GIS. The role also involves leading a small team within KMCC developing capacity for habitat restoration, ecological profiling, conservation assessments and rapid botanical surveys. Research includes the systematics, ecology and biogeography of the genus Aloe, as a general model for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of endangered species in the drylands of Madagascar.
- Madagascar Aloe Conservation Project
- CEPF Madagascar Vegetation Mapping - COMPLETED 2007
- Ex-situ conservation of Madagascar's endangered orchids
- Field Guides: published and planned
- Grasses of Madagascar
- Itremo Massif Protected Area Project
- Madagascar Orchid Conservation Project
- Madagascar Agroforestry Livelihoods Project
- Madagascar GIS
- MSBP Madagascar
- Phylogenetic Diversity of the Malagasy Legumes: New Insights for the Conservation of the Malagasy Flora
- Yams of Madagascar: systematics, conservation and sustainable use
Selected Recent Publications
Andriamahay, M., Rakotoarisoa, S.E., Ramamonjisoa, L. & Sacande, M. (2011). Conservation des ressources phylogénétiques de Madagascar. Silo National des Graines Forestières, Madagascar.
Klopper, R., Rakotoarisoa, S.E. & Smith, G. (in press). Aloes of Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean Islands: an interactive identification mechanism. In: Proceedings of the 19th AETFAT Congress. Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Rakotoarisoa, S.E. & Andriamahay, M. (in press). Récolte des graines du Projet Millennium Seed Bank à Madagascar. In: Proceedings of the 19th AETFAT Congress. Antananarivo, Madagascar.