The implementation of Transfers of Natural Resource Management to the local communities is expected to promote sustainable farming practices and subsequently increase revenues, create jobs and improve living conditions for local communities. This will help reduce slash and burn agriculture.
Reduce pressure on natural forests
Reforestation activities should provide supplies of sustainable fuel wood from plantations and reduce pressure on natural forests.
In order to accurately measure the reduction of CO2 emissions generated by the project, the specific carbon assessment methodology will be based on clear scientific data and is hoped to help improve knowledge and expertise for other REDD projects.
A pilot project to shape the policy debate
It is anticipated that the experience gained from Madagascar will feed directly into ongoing policy debates, enhance field project design and management, and influence decisions and actions taken by other environmental organizations, governments and the corporate sector.
In addition, WWF is working to develop a portfolio of forest carbon knowledge projects, to which this project will contribute.
More generally, the project is expected to raise awareness on the crucial need to protect the forest and on the challenges of forest conservation.