Over the past 50 years, the Anjozorobe Angavo corridor has been devastated by deforestation and erosion. This corridor is home to two Critically Endangered lemur species: Indri indri and Propithecus diadema and other threatened species such as Cheirogaleus crossleyi, Eulemur fulvus, Microcebus rufus, Microcebus lehilahitsara, Avahi laniger, Hapalemur griseus.
Unfortunately, migration, significant population growth and poverty has lead to illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and unsustainable harvesting of natural resources. For the rural communities in the area, the forest is the only source of wood for fuel and construction.
The project team aims to preserve lemur habitat by enhancing participatory management and improving rural household income.
The project will focus on developing local tree nurseries, connecting fragmented forest patches to provide suitable lemur habitat through reforestation, organizing forest patrols, and demarcating the boundaries as well as the core parta of the protected area.
In order to alleviate poverty thus decreasing pressure on natural resources, the project team will also work to intensify and improve rural agricultural practice, provide training in sustainable agriculture techniques, improve sustainable tourism activities and develop alternative source of income for rural communities.
With this project, over the three years, the team expects to
- Grow 120,000 trees through its nurseries
- Reforest 195 to 390 hectares of habtiat
- Create 75 km of firewall with local participation
- Reduce to zero the pressure on natural resources in the corridor
- Create 18 additional jobs for local communities
- Provide 4 types of alternative sources of income for the communities and
- Increase the growth rate of the lemur population.