Fandriana-Marolambo Forest Landscape Restoration

Summary


The project goal is to restore the ecological services and socio-economic values of the Fandriana-Marolambo landscape within the Madagascar Moist Forest Ecoregion.

The project will undertake analyses of the main causes of forest degradation and identify and implement appropriate restoration strategies in partnership with local authorities and communities.


Background


The moist forest in eastern Madagascar is characterised by tropical humid and sub-humid forests. The particular landscape of Fandriana-Marolambo is situated between the Central plateau and eastern escarpment, South of Antananarivo, and is about 150,000 ha in size.

The moist forests represent an important centre of endemism and contain many species of lemurs as well as over 20 species of small mammals. As this habitat becomes degraded or disappears, all of these species, found nowhere else on Earth, are at risk of disappearing forever.

The biodiversity vision for the Moist Forest Ecoregion has identified the critical need for restoration if biodiversity and ecological services are to be maintained in the future. In 2003, a process to identify priority areas for restoration was initiated and resulted in the identification of 3 priority areas. Fandriana-Marolambo is one of them and has been deemed particularly suitable for beginning a FLR initiative.

Restoring this forest landscape will ensure the continuity of the Malagasy Eastern forest corridor. The objective of the project is in line with the Malagasy Government priority to increase the forest cover and contribute to poverty reduction in environmentally sensitive areas.


Objectives

  • Establish a framework and action plan for a long-term restoration programme of the Fandriana-Marolambo landscape.
  • Field test restoration strategies that can be upscaled.
  • Develop lessons learned and extend forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives to other identified priorities in the - Develop lessons learned and extend forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives to other identified priorities in the Madagascar Moist Forest Ecoregion.

 
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Erosion on hillside, in the vicinity of Fandriana
© WWF-Canon/Olivier van Bogaert

Project Data


  • Executant: Malika Virah Sawmy
  • Managing Office: WWF Madagascar and West Indian Ocean Programme Office
  • Address:
    WWF Madagascar and West Indian Ocean Programme Office
    B.P. 738 Antananarivo 101
    Madagascar
    +261 20 22 348 85

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