The Malagasy protected areas network faces climate changeThey are the men and women who manage the terrestrial protected areas of Madagascar on a daily basis. They were accompanied by representatives of the regional offices in charge of forests and the national Directorate of the Madagascar Protected System.The protected areas represented by these people are spread over 5,694,516 hectares or 83% of the total surface of terrestrial protected areas of Madagascar! It shows the scale of this initiative led by WCS and Fanamby, and supported by WWF and in collaboration with the General Direction of Meteorology.
Between May and September, these women and men attended training provided by the forum of professionals in management of terrestrial protected areas in Madagascar (LAFA). The main objective of these trainings is to help protected areas to adopt climate change adaptation options in their management, by providing them with both technical capacities, such as the Climate adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas (CAMPA) and with change management methods and leaderhship.
The three training sessions identified climate change threats for their protected areas. "Effects are visible and felt in protected areas. Local communities in the outlying areas are affected; rainfall decreases and affects their coffee crop, "says Andrimanary Charles, Director of the Tsaratanàna Integral Reserve in northern Madagascar."It is therefore crucial to integrate climate change into the management of protected areas," he adds. They were also an opportunity to share together experiences as protected area managers.