Enhancing civil society capacity in forest monitoring and law enforcement

Geographical location:

Africa/Madagascar > West Indian Ocean > Madagascar

Summary

The main focus of the project is to combine a cost-effective, rapid and innovative forest monitoring and law enforcement system with a package of locally adapted interventions to protect Madagascar's forests.

The aim is to incentivise communities to maintain and enhance carbon stocks in the two most important biodiversity hotspots and forest blocks in Madagascar, the Northeast Moist Forest Triangle and the Southwest Spiny Forest Complex.

Background

The project will focus on the two largest continuous forest blocks in Madagascar - the Northeast Moist Forest Triangle between Masoala, Marojejy – Anjanaharibe Sud –Tsaratanana and secondly the Southwest Spiny Forest Complex between Mikea - PK32 Ranobe – Plateau Mahafaly.

The two localities are facing severe pressures. The Southwest Spiny Forest Complex has one of the highest rates of deforestation, due to charcoal production and subsistence agriculture, whilst the Northeast Moist Forest Triangle has been severely affected by illegal logging of precious woods and bushmeat hunting since the political crisis on the island.

Both regions have a range of distinct habitats, with exceptionally high endemism. For example, the Durban Vision (Madagascar’s commitment to triple the area under PA), considers the Northeast Moist Forest Triangle to be the highest priority for a new protected area in Madagascar.

Both regions are supporting mixed conservation and sustainable use programmes (PA under different categories and community based forest management) that will help to ensure biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

Objectives

1. Put into place a cost-effective, rapid and innovative forest and carbon monitoring systems that acts as an early warning system for deforestation, alerting all those concerned in law enforcement, clearly documenting all deforestation, with the overall target to reduce deforestation in the region and to quantify avoided deforestation.

2. Reduce illegal logging and deforestation in the Northeast Moist Forest Triangle through a package of locally adapted interventions incentivising communities to maintain and enhance carbon stocks. This package will include rural development support with communities in return for conservation contracts and commitment.

3. Reduce illegal charcoal production and deforestation in the Southwest Spiny forest complex through protected area management and offering alternative opportunities. These alternatives include rural development support with communities in return for conservation contracts and commitment.

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