Eight communities fund 100% of their conservation activities
Indeed, the effective communities’ involvement to forest conservation in the Northern Highlands of Madagascar has been the mainstay of WWF's approach to the area for over ten years. In Mangindrano, Anesika and Antilongo, in the Belalanana district, for example, the annual average deforestation rate in their forests is less than 1 ha between 2015 and 2017 (Source: COMATSA Deforestation Atlas, 2017). This is thanks to the direct villagers involvement.
The greatest success noted today is that of these 67 communities, eight are independent in the implementation of their conservation activities. They also single-handedly ensure their forest patrols through their own funding (annual membership fee, cutting permit in the area of use rights and vonodina ).
The only support WWF has done to strengthen this autonomy was providing an office for the managing communities in Bealanana. "The presence of that office will help us better for the accomplishment of our task, but also it will make known our existence at the level of the fokontany or even at the level of our commune", states satisfied Falizara Flaubert, president of the community of Analalatsaka, a fokontany of Mangindrano.
The communities are completely taking charge of their futures, a great step for the community and nature!
 Vonodina: Fine received from an offender following the application of the dina or local rule established by the natural resource manager community.