Four Ministries Commit to Conservation of Natural Resources
The Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forestry, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Secretary of State to the Gendarmerie National have affixed their respective signatures on the four documents available here.
The main commitments made by the ministries are: the development of an effective strategy for the formalization of illegal operators, the involvement of Malagasy civil society in the decision-making and implementation of natural resources conservation, starting the building process of the environmental criminal policy, reflections on environmental justice decisions and the combat against corruption.
According to Dr. Soary Randrianjafizanaka, Regional Director of Environment, Ecology and Forests - Atsimo Andrefana: "These letters of commitment are essential tools in the fight against the pressures on biodiversity. Now every institution knows exactly which one must do what and how. "
This is excellent news for natural resource conservation actors like WWF, which has been working for many years for the sustainable management of these resources at the level of the Mahafaly Landscape amongst elsewhere in Madagascar.
This commitment supports initiatives for the coordination of the actions carried out in the Atsimo Andrefana Region, as well as the complementarity of actions between the various stakeholders: the establishment of the sustainable fuelwood energy sector, through efficient control and taxation systems; The participation of the various entities and civil society in the joint establishment of viable reforestation plots with fuelwood vocation. This joint effort was already demonstrated at the launch of the regional reforestation campaign in February 2017, when 4,000 native plants were planted in the Ranobe Forest as compensation to charcoal-related forest harvesting of the city of Toliara.
The efforts initiated by the communities or the civil society are insignificant without the involvement of the State and the Government These commitments of the ministries show that together we can do more and better for the conservation of the natural resources of Madagascar.