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Sustainable and resilient cities for nature

Posted on 12 November 2018

According to Simon Rafanomezantsoa from WWF ‘’consideration of Green infrastructure in territorial planning will ensure natural resources sustainability as well as the welfare of population that depend on it “
Last week, the World Day of Cities was celebrated in Fort Dauphin, in Anosy region, placed under the authority of the Ministry of Spacial Planning and Land Services. This celebration brought together several actors in order to enhance awareness of sustainability and city resilience. An event as part of the Sustainable Development Goal by 2030.

WWF took an active part in the celebration to promote green and blue infrastructure that supports sustainable development in Madagascar.  As a reminder, WWF and its environmental partners are engaged in the preservation of protected area and in terrestrial and marine restoration. Also, it was an opportunity to discuss about community management of protected area in Ankodida and  in the north of Ifotaka  in Southeastern Madagascar, with the local Association Miaro.

According to Simon Rafanomezantsoa from WWF ‘’consideration of Green infrastructure in territorial planning will ensure natural resources sustainability as well as the welfare of population that depend on it “ 

In a simple way, green infrastructure is all natural area (forest, protected area, agricultural area, grazing …) that we use for living. We are taking benefits  in and all natural products that we use can be renewed.  Nature provides ecological services that we exploit in sustainable  way. Cities are generating significant demands of natural resources.  

In 2012, the demand of charcoal in the town of Tulear was estimated to be about 28 500 tonnes. This requires the destruction of 15 000 ha of forests. The resilience of the cities depends on the townsfolk’s abilities in renewing
destroyed trees for not to overexploit the forests in Southeastern Madagascar and avoid its total loss. 

The implementations of green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, improvement of the living conditions of vulnerable communities are the roots for sustainable and resilient rural and urban development. A long process that requires integration of all actors for the environment and the population. 
 
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