Photo Credit: Denis Palanque et Nathalie Houdin

Applying the law against illegal Lemur trafficking


Crowned Lemur (Eulemur coronatus) (EN) Diana region Northern Madagascar
Credits : AVG

Conservation Problem

  1. For the most part, the major pressures on the conservation of target project species are destruction of their habitat due to land use and the pressure exerted by slash-and-burn agriculture, logging, the felling of trees for the production of charcoal, the destruction of forests by artisanal miners and the plantation of Eucalyptus.
  2. There is also hunting for the consumption of wild meat performed by timber poachers and illegal artisanal miners.
  3. In the case of the Crowned Lemur, hunting and capture to supply the local pet trade is another key issue.
  4. Finally, the Aye-aye is especially persecuted because of cultural beliefs that it is an omen of bad-luck.

Project Activities

The project team will perform the following actions:

  1. Sensitization and public communication on the species using materials like brochures and leaflets while also explaining regulatory laws on species protection.
  2. Strengthening and improving the in-situ protection efforts with participation of locally organised community groups called Vondron'Olona Ifototra (VOIs) in Malagasy.
  3. Strengthening the capacity to enforce the law against illicit trafficking.
  4. Carrying out concrete actions of suppression to demonstrate the effectiveness of the collaboration between authorities and community members.

Project Results:

By the end of the project, the team expect that:

  1. 75% of entities involved in projects are informed about local species and their conservation status and are able to identify them, as well as all laws that are related to their status;
  2. 75% of VOIs, their members and local associations know and adopt the introduced whistleblowing mechanism to alert authorities to the illegal traffic of the species;
  3. 50% of complaints filed will be prosecuted until a final judgment.
  4. 100% of local actors are involved in the implementation of the activities of the project



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