All the Dahari teams pay tribute to their very dear colleague Nadia Ambdi Keldi, who left us on September 2 at the too early age of 39.
In 2009, Nadia had completed an internship with the Community Engagement for Sustainable Development Project (ECDD), the forerunner of Dahari. She then returned to Madagascar to complete her Masters I and II in Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Mahajanga.
Back in Comoros, we recruited her in 2015 in the ecology team, where she has been since.
After years spent in the forests of Anjouan on projects focusing on lemurs, birds and reptiles, she specialised in research on the Livingstone spotted dogfish with our partner Bat Conservation International. Nadia had managed the counting campaigns of the Livingstone spotted dogfish by training the trainees of the Site Universitaire de Patsy (University of the Comoros) and the agents of our partner, the National Network of Protected Areas (Comoros National Parks).
She has also worked on natural resource management through reforestation campaigns, moving to the position of senior technician thanks to training acquired in Mauritius and Madagascar with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Today and forever, we salute above all her courage, her dynamism as a woman leader in our team and her enthusiasm for her work.
It is a sudden departure that makes us all very sad. Our thoughts are with her family, to whom we send our deepest condolences.
May she rest in peace.