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A drone and 400 people to reforest 100 hectares of mangroves in the Menabe.

The reforestation campaign continues in the Menabe region.

After terrestrial species, it's time for mangroves! On March 3, 2024, more than 500 kg of Avicennia marina seeds were dropped by drone over a 50 hectares area in the Antsogno site at Kivalo, Commune of Marofandilia, District of Morondava. This innovative reforestation method enables a larger area to be restored in a very short space of time, with a minimum of human resources. It also strengthens mangrove restoration and reforestation efforts in areas that are difficult for communities to access.


Avicennia marina is the most suitable species for drone dropping, thanks to its rounded seed morphology, which is well suited to this technology. It is also well suited to the characteristics/conditions of the site to be restored, as this species is highly resistant to the high salinity and texture of the soil at Antsogno.


In areas close to the Kivalo drone drop, over 400 people mobilized to plant around 450,000 propagules of Ceryops tagal and Rhizophora mucronata on 50 hectares of moderately degraded mangroves. These species are the most widely used by the local population for building huts through traditional use rights. The decision to use Rhizophora mucronata for mangrove restoration also aims to improve fish stocks, ensure the sustainability of fishing and support local development. The roots of Rhizophora mucronata serve as nurseries for fish, shrimp and crabs. The local communities of Kivalo are committed to monitoring and maintaining the site, with the support of WWF and the Direction Régionale de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable Menabe to ensure the success of the restoration.


Government entities, local authorities, law enforcement agencies, deconcentrated technical services, technical and financial partners, local communities and WWF worked side by side to reforest and restore mangroves in the Menabe region. This collective action will contribute to achieving the 2030 objective of restoring 4,200 hectares of degraded mangroves in the Manambolo-Tsiribihina landscape as part of the "Mangroves for Communities and Climate" initiative.