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The COMATSA protected area, an example of effective community management

Posted on 20 July 2017

The COMATSA Protected Area, created in 2015 in Northern Madagascar, improves the efficiency of its biodiversity management through the enhancement of agricultural land and the application of traditional “Dina” regulations to deal with law violations, such as clearing or uncontrolled cutting of wood in the protected area.
The COMATSA Protected Area, created in Northern Madagascar in 2015, improves the efficiency of its biodiversity management through the enhancement of agricultural land and the application of traditional “Dina” regulations to deal with law violations, such as clearing or uncontrolled cutting of wood in the protected area.  

Indeed, the new protected area has recently scored 75 out of 102 according to the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT),  an international tool for measuring the effectiveness of protected area management. Taking into account that in 2012 the score was 5, the communities of COMATSA can be proud of how well their community has managed the area. This progress is due to the good inter-regional organization, sustainable resource distribution and strict enforcement of sanctions.

Community management supported by WWF in the field is on the right track. It is a glimmer of hope for the simpona lemur, one of the most endangered primate species in the world.  Now it is estimated that there are only 250 adult individuals of this emblematic species in the world, and  COMATSA is their preferred habitat. 
 
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COMATSA
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COMATSA
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COMATSA protected area
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COMATSA
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COMATSA protected area
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