Two sites for forest landscape restoration



Active and passive forest landscape restoration with indigenous tree species is focused on two areas of the Fandriana Marolambo landscape:

• The Ambalapaiso zone, in the northeastern part of the landscape, for three main reasons:

-    The forest corridor is being cleared as a result of illegal logging of hardwood, illicit plantations of sugar cane, tobacco and marijuana, and intense slash and burn agriculture;

-    There is an urgent need to maintain the corridor’s biodiversity, which is jeopardized by forest fragmentation; and

-    There is no conservation activity yet in this zone, because of its remoteness and lack of means.

• The Ankarinoro zone in the southwestern part, for two main reasons:

-    The forest is highly fragmented because of slash and burn agriculture and sugar cane plantations (to produce an illegally local rum); and

-    There is no conservation activity yet in this zone, because of its remoteness and lack of means.

 / ©: WWF Canon / Olivier van Bogaert
Active restoration to link degraded forest patches to the relatively untouched forest corridor (in the back)
© WWF Canon / Olivier van Bogaert

Download a map of the restoration sites

Download a report on forest landscape restoration in Fandriana (in French)

Passive restoration is a slower process dominated by many pioneer species in the beginning, which are not necessarily useful for the community. This is why it is important to also do active restoration.

Rivo Rasolofomanana, WWF socio-organizer in Fandriana Marolombo

Reforestation for sustainable fuel-wood production


The project supports five commons which have developed nurseries to produce fast growing exotic tree species such as Kininina (Eucalyptus sp) and Ravintsara (Cinamumum camphora).

These species will provide the local population with fuel-wood. Reforestation sites will be located near the villages so that people don’t have to walk long distances to collect the wood.

 / ©: Air France / Nicolas Petteau
Fandriana: production of indigenous tree and plant species in community nurseries
© Air France / Nicolas Petteau

Download a map of the tree nurseries

Active and passive

  •  / ©: Air France / Nicolas Petteau
    Active restoration includes community-based nurseries to produce seedlings of indigenous tree species. Priority is given to species commonly used by the community (to build their houses, for example) and to those threatened with extinction. Some 1,500 hectares are allotted to active restoration.

    Passive restauration, which occurs on 12,000 hectares in Fandriana Marolambo, means that degraded areas are set aside and left to natural regeneration with no human intervention.

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