Transfer of forest and natural resources management to local communities

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People with forest products crossing Betaolana forest corridor to visit Andapa. Transferring the management of natural resources to local communities to reduce deforestation is one of the WWF/GoodPlanet project’s objectives.
© WWF-Canon / Edward PARKER
  • Thousands of households involved on more than 205,000 ha.
  • Alternative, sustainable and income-generating agricultural practices, such as agro-forestry, longer crops rotations and fallow periods.
  • Increased revenues and better living conditions for local communities.
Principle:
  • Management of natural resources are under the direct responsibility of local communities.
  • Implementation of alternative, sustainable and income-generating agricultural practices, such as agro-forestry, longer crops rotations and fallow periods.

When local communities have the responsibility to manage their natural resources, they tend to protect them better and use them in a sustainable way. This in turn ensures them additional revenues and improves their living conditions.

Nanie Ratsifandrihamanana, Conservation Director, WWF Madagascar

Expected results:
  • Increased revenues and better living conditions for local communities
  • Decrease of slash and burn agriculture
  • Thousands of households involved
Process:
  1. Increase awareness of, and educate, farmers living close to those forests identified for potential Transfers of Natural Resource Management (TNRM) on the social, environmental and economical importance of these transfers;
  2. Identify and delimit those forests where TNRM need to happen;
  3. Develop management plans for those forests where TNRM need to happen;
  4. Start all the proceedings needed to delimit TNRM and officially announce the new TNRM;
  5. Develop and implement a management plan for the TNRM;
  6. Assist local communities while they are implementing the management plan (technically, organizationally, legal issues, etc.).
  7. Participate in regional, national and international events on TNRM.
  8. Develop and test monitoring tools for TNRM.
Alternative, sustainable and income-generating agricultural practices:
  1. Analyze the socio-economic context in the intervention areas to identify alternatives to slash and burn agriculture and promote income-generating activities;
  2. Promote environmentally sound cultivation practices;
  3. Support the building of basic infrastructures that could help increase the agricultural production while reducing slash and burn and resulting deforestation.

Sites:

  • Andapa zone: Betaolana and Tsaratanana forest corridor.
  • Vangaindrano zone: site of Ranomena.
  • Ivohibe zone: commons of Ivongo and Maropaika.
  • Fandriana-Marolombo zone: 11 sites.
  • Fort-Dauphin: Taolagnaro zone.
  • Spiny forest zone: Ambatoabo-Behara-Tranomaro-Ifotaky complex, South-West Ifotaky.
  •  / ©: GoodPlanet

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