Overall goal and objectives

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Baobab tree (Adansonia grandidieri) at sunset, Madagascar. The project covers both moist and dry forests.
© WWF-Canon / Martin HARVEY
The project aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Madagascar and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

By March 2012, the project activities will contribute to achieve the following objectives:

1. Improve knowledge on effective and verifiable measure of the impact of field activities to reduce GHG emissions and to a lesser extent, to sequester CO2 already present in the atmosphere.

2. Improve the living conditions of local communities through the transfer of natural resource management and development of sustainable agricultural practices (irrigated rice cultivation, agroforestry, etc.)

3. Fully integrate the conservation of the unique biodiversity of Madagascar

More specifically this includes:
  1. Raise public awareness on climate change.
  2. Reduce deforestation in Madagascar, at least where WWF is working, by promoting and encouraging alternatives to slash and burn agriculture.
  3. Create new protected areas (PAs) where WWF is working
  4. Help local communities to sustainably manage the forest through transfers of natural resources management (TNRM).
  5. Restore forest landscapes where WWF is working.
  6. Promote reaforestation to meet the growing demand for fuelwood.
  7. Assess the carbon stocks of the forest in the project sites, improve existing knowledge on specific forest-carbon related topics and contribute to the dvelopment of a REDD+ national strategy in Madagascar. 


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