The project location is in a legally protected area: the Anabohazo forest in the north west area of Sahamalaza Nosy Radama National Park. Despite this local communities continue practicing illegal activities within the forest such as hunting, logging, uncontrolled fire and clearing for slash and burn agriculture.
According to latest research the blue-eyed black lemur will be extinct within 13 years if the percentage of the habitat destruction increases any further.
This means that conservation measure such as the reduction habitat destruction is very urgent to save this lemur species from extinction.
The two key activities of this project include establishing a research station at Anabohazo that will let permanent staff and researchers ensure protection of the forest. The results of the research will help to understand the lemur-environment relationship in order to orientate future conservation actions.
Secondly, the project team will work with communities to promote sustainable development and education such as ecotourism, wheel building, school renovation, hiring guides and the development of tree nurseries.
Three outcomes include a decrease in the human pressure on the Anabohazo area. Secondly a decrease in the threats in this area by 50%. Finally, conservation work will increase the number of local communities members that gain the benefit of jobs and alternative livelihoods by 50%.