Conservation benefit: Establishment of a national park
Mt. Angavokely is situated 22 kilometers east of the capital city of Antananarivo. It is one of the last remaining relicts of high-altitude rainforest in all of Madagascar, and is home to over 120 species of rare and endangered orchids. The forest is an important watershed for three local communities totaling over 20,000 inhabitants.
Seacology is working with the Malagasy environmental organization ARCVERT, faculty from the University of Antananarivo and Uppsala University, and the Service des Stations Forestières to establish a 695-hectare (1,717-acre) national park. The creation of this park will not only preserve one of the last remaining tracts of high-altitude forest left in Madagascar and protect over 120 species of rare and endangered orchids, but will also provide recreational opportunities to Antananarivo residents.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- June 2007
- Seacology is funding the repair of walking trails destroyed by a series of cyclones in late 2006/early 2007. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.
- January 2006
- The project funding period ended in 2005. Road improvement and rehabilitation of the "Eaux et Forêts" station offices have taken place, as well as removal of invasive pine trees and clearing of...
- January 2005
- Nearby villagers continue to support the alternative charcoal program. Removing invasive plants, resetting firebreaks and completing the campsites and a park reception office were completed in...
- July 2004
- Park roads were rehabilitated and campsite construction is almost complete. Propagation of five species of orchids has begun and nearby villagers are supporting an alternative charcoal program....
- November 2003
- Work is well underway at the park. Roads are being rehabilitated and invasive (and highly flammable) pine trees are being removed to be followed by firebreak construction. Campsite establishment...