Traveling between remote islands by dugout canoe, and trudging through muddy mangrove forests in 40-degree Celsius heat coaching fisherfolk on monitoring techniques is all in a day’s work for Madagascan marine conservationist Lalao Aigrette.Aigrette is passionate about finding ways to keep these valuable “blue forests” standing, and she’s been named an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “natural-born hero” for her contributions. She works for marine conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) Blueventures, where she oversees the development of Tahiry Honko, the first Plan Vivo carbon initiative in the country, and the second mangrove carbon project in the world.