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Manambolo Tsiribihina land and seascape
© WWF Madagascar / Tony Rakoto

The Manambolo Tsiribihina Land and Seascape includes the largest, most intact stretches of mangroves in western Madagascar. The mangroves that line this landscape’s coast provide important ecological services for the region. They play a particularly important role in carbon sequestration, as they capture carbon more effectively than most other forest types.

The Manambolo Tsiribihina land and seascape

Risks and Challenges

The Manambolo Tsiribihina Land and Seascape faces major threats including: 

● Overfishing

● Destructive fishing practices

● Slash-and-burn agriculture, exacerbated by poverty and social conflict

Data from the Regional Office of Environment, Ecology and Forest shows that from 1990 to 2010, more than 100,000 ha of dry forest had disappeared in the Menabe Region due to fires, illicit exploitation, and forests being converted into agricultural land. WWF data show that 12,611 ha of mangrove forests were lost in the Tsiribihina and Manambolo deltas during the same period.

Between 1990 and 2010, more than 100,000 ha of dry forest disappeared.

© WWF Madagascar / Tony Rakoto
What is WWF doing?

To combat these challenges WWF Madagascar works towards four inter-connected objectives in an integrated landscape approach that places adapatation to climate change at the forefront. These objectives are:

1. To improve the management and resilience of 589.700 ha of protected areas and community-based managed areas in the landscape.

2. To strengthen the community management of 35.000 ha of mangroves by empowering Locally Managed Marine Areas, developing income-generating activities, and promoting the participation of women in all decision-making sessions and in all activities.

3. To promote a sustainable fishing sector, access to electricity through solar energy, and the development of a sustainable chain of production for fuelwood and charcoal in the Morondava and Belo Sur Tsiribihina areas.

4. To work with regional authorities so that they might adopt and impliment integrated landscape management principles in their regional development and land use policies.

Improving the management of protected areas.

© WWF Madagascar

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