WWF On the Ground in Madagascar

Aerial surveillance of protected areas

Madagascar’s forests are home to an incredibly rich array of wildlife that is unique in the world and play a vital role in people's everyday life. Every year, thousands of hectares of these forests are cut and burnt in protected areas of Madagascar for slash-and-burn agriculture, even though this practice is illegal throughout the country.
Through the aerial surveillance of protected areas, WWF, in partnership with "Aviation Sans Frontières - Belgique" and the "Système d'Aires Protégées de Madagascar", has helped protecting many of these invaluable forests from going up in flames.

By using aerial photographs taken from a small plane, we can locate new clearings, even in remote areas, monitor trends and conduct patrols on the ground.

Through sensitizing the local population for the destructive impacts of slash-and-burn and through the deterrent effect of the surveillance, deforestation rates have constantly decreased in many of the protected areas where we work. This helps both the plants and animals inhabiting the forest, as well as the people depending on the ecosystem for their livelihoods.

Project data:

Start date: November 2010
Status: active
Managing office: WWF Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Programme Office (MWIOPO)
Contact for more information: Xavier Vincke

The time has come to link ecology to economic and human development. When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all. What is happening to the rain forests of Madagascar and Brazil will affect us all.

(Edward O. Wilson)

Aerial Surveillance of Protected Areas in Madagascar
© WWF MWIOPO/Xavier Vincke/Louise Jasper/ASF-Belgique

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