Project Overview

Ankarabolava-Agnakatrika Forest is a roughly 16 km2 area in Southeastern Madagascar. The forest is located in a Priority Area for Plant Conservation, which means it contains a very diverse flora with several locally endemic of area

It is also home to the endangered Eulemur cinereiceps or white-collared brown lemur as well as a species of mouse lemur previously unknown to science.

But the area also provides timber for construction, plants used in traditional medicine, and is the source for several rivers that are used to irrigate local rice fields. Clearly it is important both as a conservation concern as well as a local economic concern. The question becomes: is there a way to address both concerns simultaneously and to the benefit of all? We believe the answer is YES.

See and hear how below.


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News from Ankarabolava-Agnakatrika - September 2014

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In this project we are endeavouring to offer forest occupants with fair monetary compensation for their land within the forest that they can use to purchase land elsewhere.  But, what constitutes “fair” compensation? To make this calculation we have teamed up with the Malagasy land tenure NGO called Ezaka ho Fampandrosoana any Ambanivohitra (Action for Rural Development” or EFA).  This organisation has experience of evaluating agricultural land that they derived from their work with several mining companies that operate in Madagascar.  During September, personnel from EFA have worked with MBG-Madagascar’s agriculturalist to develop a standardised protocol for evaluating farmer’s plots within the Ankaraboalava-Agnakatrika Forest.   They have already tested the protocol, with acceptable results, for two contrasting forest plots and in October the entire project team will meet to discuss and hopefully validate this protocol.
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This project was made possible with the generous support of the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, SavingSpecies, and the Helmsley Conservation Trust.