This project focuses on the conservation of Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur (Microcebus berthae) in the Menabe Protected Area – the only home of this Endangered species.
The species is under threat from habitat loss due to high rates of land clearing, wildlife fires and illegal logging of previous woods. In recent years, there has also been an increasing number of people settling in the area, putting further pressure on the habitat.
Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur will act as an umbrella species, meaning the project will focus on the conservation of this species, but their efforts will also support other Lemur species residing in the Protected Area.
The project aims to protect the Lemurs of Menabe by:
- Reducing habitat loss and degradation by increasing awareness of existing environmental laws and the impact of conservation, as well as preventing forest and bush fires through continuous control with authorities and education of local population;
- Increasing suitable lemur habitat and habitat connectivity by conducting monitoring and research to promote effectiveness of reforestation and regeneration, and restoring degraded habitat;
- Reducing lemur hunting by enforcing protection of lemurs and their habitats through patrolling;
- Community based sustainable development and capacity building around priority lemur sites by intensifying and improving the efficiency of agricultural practices and agro forestry, and supporting the development of alternative livelihoods;
- Increasing awareness nationally and internationally by broadcasting programmes in the Malagasy language and producing educational materials related to the conservation of lemurs.
The project aims to raise awareness of the Protected Area and its Lemur species for locals and newcomers through constant information, while strengthening local species monitoring to know the exact number of populations in the territory.
They will also restore a minimum of 50 hectares of forest in the core Protected Areas and decrease the number of fire points compared to 2017 and 2018.
Finally, the project will gather crucial information on three Lemurs species: Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur, Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur and Verreaux's Sifaka.