In Kianjavato, Madagascar, habitat loss is the main threat to all target species. Tavy, a type of slash-and-burn agriculture common in Madagascar, is the most frequent cause of habitat loss. Additionally, reliance on forest for fuelwood, construction materials, medicine, and food further destroy the remaining forests.
This project is augmenting the infrastructural capabilities of the grantee’s Kianjavato regional facilities, providing a sustainable platform to address the above threats and protect habitats and the wildlife within them.
The grantee is renovating and completing the construction of ecotourism facilities that will provide jobs to local community members. A steady source of income will dissuade people from destroying the forest that is attracting tourists.
They are also reforesting denuded lands with some portions intended to expand forest corridors and others intended to be harvested for local consumption. This will alleviate the need to extract resources from the remaining forest, while providing sustainable resources for the communities and new, permanent habitat for the wildlife.
The grantee expects to see an increase in the population numbers as forests expand and isolated groups can disperse and interbreed. They also anticipate a decrease in forest degradation as community members become invested in maintaining lemur populations for the purposes of ecotourism. The improved infrastructure of ecotourism facilities will result in an increase in tourists to the area, likely culminating in a regional monetary influx.