- 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.
- There is also hunting for the consumption of wild meat performed by timber poachers and illegal artisanal miners.
- In the case of the Crowned Lemur, hunting and capture to supply the local pet trade is another key issue.
- Finally, the Aye-aye is especially persecuted because of cultural beliefs that it is an omen of bad-luck.
The project team will perform the following actions:
- Sensitization and public communication on the species using materials like brochures and leaflets while also explaining regulatory laws on species protection.
- Strengthening and improving the in-situ protection efforts with participation of locally organised community groups called Vondron'Olona Ifototra (VOIs) in Malagasy.
- Strengthening the capacity to enforce the law against illicit trafficking.
- Carrying out concrete actions of suppression to demonstrate the effectiveness of the collaboration between authorities and community members.
By the end of the project, the team expect that:
- 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;
- 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;
- 50% of complaints filed will be prosecuted until a final judgment.
- 100% of local actors are involved in the implementation of the activities of the project