Forest and Water
Water Management & Fish Conservation Project, Ambalavao (Fianarantsoa Province)
- Carolina Zambrano-Barragá, Ecuador
Fandriana-Marolambo Forest Landscape Restoration, Fandriana (Fianarantsoa Province)
The particular landscape of Fandriana-Marolambo is situated between the Central plateau and eastern escarpment, South of Antananarivo, and is about 150,000 hectares 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 their habitat becomes degraded or disappears, all of these species, found nowhere else, are at risk of disappearing forever.
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 undertakes analyses of the main causes of forest degradation and identify and implement appropriate restoration strategies in partnership with local authorities and communities.
WWF is concerned that a drop in crayfish numbers may lead to a population that is too small to sustain itself, which will have catastrophic effects on the existence of the crayfish species.
» View Moira & Marjolein's video on their crayfish study in Madagascar
Manambolo Project, Ambalavao (Fianarantsoa Province)
The local community has been charged with managing a large section of high altitude forest and freshwater systems.
WWF is working with local communities to support their traditional management approaches as they apply to the conservation of forests and freshwater areas.
Agriculture is putting stresses on these resources and threatening the sustainability of biodiversity and the communities that depend on it.
» View the group's video on the creation of an ecotourism trail in Namoly, Madagascar
Water Resources Management for the Mahafaly Plateau, Itampolo & Ejeda (Toliara Province)
The Mahafaly Plateau covers much of the Southwestern region of Atsimo-Andrefana. This semi-arid area is a high priority area for the conservation of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity. This is evidenced by the various scientific priority activities undertaken by WWF.
Within the Mahafaly Plateau is the Tsimanampesotse lake, the first site declared Wetlands of International Importance as part of the Madagascar's contribution to the Ramsar Convention.