Environmental Partnership in Madagascar
The agreement will focus on a wide variety of landscapes including mangroves, rain-forests and coral reefs.
Over 17-million hectares of land and marine area will be the focus of a new partnership between Madagascar National Parks (MNP) and WWF, aimed at protecting the island’s unique and threatened biodiversity. The 3-year agreement, signed in May, will cover roughly 29 percent of Madagascar’s total surface area, and will jointly pursue funding and conservation management. A trial partnership operating since 2005 in Madagascar’s southwest spiny forest region has already proven to be effective. One of the jointly run projects utilized images taken by a WWF aerial surveillance programme to provide community education about the deforestation problem. The programme drastically reduced the incidence of slash-and-burn agriculture in and around the area’s national parks.
Original article dated: 22.05.2014