Posted on 02 August 2018
The year 2017 has been full of successes for conservation in Madagascar. Conservation, community engagement and the mobilization of youth were what defined 2017, a year full of success ...
Thanks to technical support from WWF, 10 new sites have now been added to the international list of Ramsar wetlands: The Tsiribihina mangroves, the Barren Islands Archipelago, the Nosy Ve Androka coral reef, Lake So a and the Onilahy, Ambondrombe, Antrema, Sahmalaza, Ankarafantsika and Benevika wetlands. Madagascar now has a total of 20 Ramsar sites, covering over two million hectares.
2017 was also the year that WWF celebrated 20 years of conservation efforts
in the Fandriana Vondrozo Midongy (COFAV) Forest Corridor. In recent years, WWF has worked tirelessly with 74 community organizations that now autonomously direct the sustainable use of their own forests in the Vondrozo and Ivohibe districts. The road was certainly long and full of obstacles, but the results were incredible: more than 1,200,000 trees have been planted, restoring 874 hectares of degraded forest. Their determined work was rewarded with the appearance of new water sources!
This commitment to reforestation, which helps preserve the natural capital of Madagascar, was shared by many in 2017 – more than 80,000 trees were planted in 2017 after 1,800 volunteers were mobilized in the month of March in three di erent regions of Madagascar. 66,000 trees were planted in the Atsimo Andrefana region, 180,000 square feet of mangroves were planted in Diana and 4,500 trees were planted in Analamanga.
Finally, 2017 was also marked by the mobilization of Madagascar’s youth
to preserve their environment through various eco-friendly actions. In March, nearly 7,000 young people joined to celebrate “Earth Hour” under the slogan “Namako ny tany” (the Earth is my friend) in order to promote the adoption of everyday actions that protect nature. Large parades in Antananarivo, Morondava, Ambilobe and Toliara demonstrated that Malagasy youth are at the heart of the ght against environmental degradation in Madagascar. This energy was visible again in October, when more than 5000 young people came together for the celebration of World Lemur Day in Toliara.