WWF, GoodPlanet and Air France join forces in the field
They also met with community leaders involved in the transfers of natural resources management, one of the main activities of the programme.
Accompanied by journalists
The group of partners went on a filed trip to the project site, accompanied by journalists from France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Malagasy media was invited to a press conference which informed them on the progress of the programme during its first year.
With 13,500 hectares dedicated to forest landscape restoration, Fandriana Marolambo is the most important site for this activity.
Participants in the field trip were introduced to a community tree nursery and learned more about the indigenous tree species used to restore degraded land and connect fragmented forests to the main, still relatively untouched, forest corridor.
The meeting and discussions with community representatives helped understand better the complex process by which grassroots communities benefit from more land security, increased capacities and autonomy to manage their natural resources.
Wide network of partnerships
Detailed presentations also revealed the wide network of partnerships and technologies developed and used by the programme during its first year to measure the amount of greenhouse gas from deforestation and degradation of forests that it will eventually be able to reduce. Presentations included explanations on technologies used for land use analysis and carbon stock assessment.
In pictures: some key moments of the trip.