UMons students face a cyclone in Madagascar: “So we had to stay locked up in the hotel!”

For four weeks, last April, twelve Master’s students in biology at the University of Mons took part in a biodiversity and coral reef ecology course at the Belaza marine station in Madagascar. Clémence Terzo, a first-year master’s student, was there.

“This internship allowed me to get out of my comfort zone to learn more about biodiversity that I had never seen with my own eyes, which is totally different than on paper or in photos”.

The students had the opportunity to observe the ecosystems of Madagascar, to discover coral reefs during an initiation to snorkeling or to visit a sea cucumber farm. Activities combining the preservation of natural biodiversity and sustainable development but also, and against all odds, the vagaries of mother nature following cyclone Jasmine which hit Tuléar hard on April 26.

>>> “So we had to stay locked up in the hotel. We found ourselves without electricity for several days.

>>> Clémence’s testimony can be found in full HERE.

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