The Railway Land Project in Lewes is holding a Madagascar evening as part of its fund-raising programme on February 23 (7.30pm) at the Linklater Pavilion.
The Trust is supporting a wild flower education project at a sacred site near the capital of Madagscar and the results of the first two years will be described briefly.
The highlight of the evening will be a stunning presentation by Dr Alasdair Harris who founded Blue Ventures, a science-led social enterprise that works with coastal communities, including many in Madagascar, to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation.
This extraordinary and inspiring project, described by naturalist David Attenborough as “a model for everyone working to conserve the natural life-support systems of our troubled planet”, has guided national fisheries policy and been replicated by communities, NGOs, businesses, donors and government agencies along thousands of kilometres of coastline around the world.
For Harris this return to Lewes has a special meaning. He said: “Since I first visited the Railway Land as a student a decade ago, the project has stood out as an inspiration for what can be achieved by building pride and stewardship of the incredible ecology we find in our own backyard.”
Doors open at the Linklater Pavilion at 7pm. Tickets for the event , priced at £6, can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01273 487798. Also from Lewes Mobile Communications, High Street, Harveys Shop in the Cliffe and IEKO, St John’s Street.