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Radio waves to save our natural resources

Pressures on natural resources due to the health crisis related to Covid-19 are increasing.

The increase in illegal activities makes the situation of protected areas a cause for concern: incursions by migrants, coal mining, fires, clearing, logging and mining, poaching, collection of forest products. This situation has been denounced by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, which states that 52,521 fires were detected between January and June of this year. In Bobasakoa, a commune in Ambaro Bay, illegal charcoal burners managed to produce up to 30 bags of coal per day before being apprehended by the authorities.

To face this situation, radio spots for sensitization have been launched under the impetus of the Diana Protected Areas Managers Platform (PFGAP) since July. The awareness spots talk about mangroves, coal mining, land clearing and bush fires. They were broadcast on 11 radio stations in 5 cities from Ambaro Bay to Diego Suarez.  "These spots will have a positive impact on the morale of the communities surrounding the protected areas, but also on the communities managing the mangrove forests," said Heritiana Rakotomalala of WWF. With the support of WWF, these communities are continuing their management efforts despite illegal activities. The message is clear: "Aza mandrora mantsilagny". "By destroying our natural resources, we also destroy our sources of income, we kill animals by degrading their natural habitat, our land will no longer be fertile and water will be scarce," concludes Heritiana.

This initiative of protected area managers in the Diana region is supported by WWF, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).