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Assessing lemur populations in the Bongolava Forest Corridor Protected Area

02.02.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

The Bongolava Forest Corridor protected area is home to at least eight lemur species, four of which are classified as Endangered. However, forest fragmentation caused by deforestation threatens the protected area’s rich diversity. In the last five years, pressure on the forest’s natural resources have dramatically increased due to an emerging black-eyed bean and maize market. This has led local farmers to use unsustainable farming methods, like clearing the forest to create farming plots, or using fire. Effective management methods are therefore essential in order to protect the forest and its lemurs. However, at the moment, there is not sufficient information on the abundance and distribution of lemurs within the forest.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Build the team’s capacity to allow effective conservation on site;
  • Assess and monitor lemur populations within the Bongolava Forest Corridor protected area;
  • Protect the forest’s largest five fragments from fires.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Recruit a primatologist to train seven members from the local community on lemur biology, conservation methods and techniques;
  • Assess the distribution, presence and size of the targeted lemur species;
  • Install firewalls in the most vulnerable parts of the forest.


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