In Madagascar, 90% of littoral forests have been lost due to human activity, endangering endemic species, including lemurs. Project Ala has increased the viable habitat for these species through corridor reforestation; strengthening regional conservation knowledge and capacity to reduce human impact on these habitats. Building on Phase I, Phase II will expand habitat corridors between forest fragments; addressing unsustainable resource use -protecting the littoral forest and its biodiversity.
Madagascar is a global conservation priority, however, between 2001 and 2015, approximately 2 million hectares of Madagascar's forest cover was lost. This deforestation fragments forest habitats, genetically isolating sub-populations, threatening the survival of the island's endemic biodiversity. Ala focuses on the Sainte Luce Littoral Forest fragments, where habitat loss and fragmentation from untenable land-use practices threaten its biodiversity, including populations of endangered lemurs.
Project Ala Phase I established habitat corridors for the first time in Sainte Luce, connecting five isolated forest fragments. Phase II will increase these corridors' resilience and empower local communities with the knowledge and skills needed for effective forest management. SEED will assess local resource needs and increase local stakeholders' capacity to sustainably manage forest resources. Finally, we will complete research that promoting adaptive learning and conservation knowledge.
Project Ala II is the second phase of the long-term Ala Programme spanning 10 to 15 years. Each phase will work towards conserving the biodiversity of the SLLF and tackling deforestation in the long term, while building local management structures. This will ensure the sustainable governance of protected forests and forest resources in Sainte Luce for the future, safeguarding local populations of four Endangered lemurs.