Conservation benefit: Protection of 1,730 acres of forest
Community benefit: Construction of four forest stations
The Manafiafy Forest in Southeast Madagascar’s Sainte Luce area is one of the last remaining stands of littoral forest in the country and is home to critically endangered palms, birds, and the rare collared brown lemur. Azafady, an organization based in the U.K., has been asked by villagers in the Sainte Luce area to facilitate the transfer of control over the 1,730-acre forest, in which the community wishes to ban all commercial exploitation.
Some members of the community patrol the area and act as guides, but they are forced to spend up to six hours per day getting to and from the forest, and do not have a base from which to coordinate their activities. Seacology is working with Azafady to construct four forest stations within the protected area.
- July 2005
- Azafady, the local NGO running the program, reports that all four forest stations have been constructed and are being used by volunteers and staff to camp and work to collect native plant seeds,...
- January 2005
- Materials for the stations have been delivered to the four sites. The construction of the first station was scheduled to be completed by mid-December 2004. The remaining three stations are...