Monitoring of native seedlings
Madagascar is one of the world’s highest conservation priorities, supporting approximately 5% of global biodiversity. The Anosy region, southeast Madagascar, is renowned for containing some of the few remaining viable littoral forests, supporting unusually rich and diverse plant and animal communities, including 13% of the island’s native flora.
However, the littoral forest faces a variety of challenges. Irregular rainfall and droughts reduce groundwater sources, increasing its vulnerability to fire. A highly impoverished community of 2,600 people depend on the forests for natural resources. Unsustainable logging, fragmentation and degradation continue to endanger the survival of the ecosystem, including one of the world’s most threatened group of mammals, endangered Lemurs.
To overcome these challenges and increase habitat connectivity, the Ala Programme, with the support of local stakeholders, has planted five biological corridors to connect Sainte Luce littoral forest remnants with a larger protected forest fragment. Progress has been made through the monitoring of native seedling survival rate; increasing to between 58% and 74% for seedlings planted in May 2022. The use of camera traps was trialled, aiming to record the presence of lemurs in the Corridors. An image of an Endangered fat-tailed dwarf lemur was captured on the edge of a Corridor.
Since June 2022, Project Ala has focused on bush fire prevention and mitigation, preparing for the upcoming planting season. In four communities, the team conducted training sessions and awareness-raising events, and distributed fire-fighting materials such as fire beaters made from locally-sourced materials. These efforts have contributed towards protecting the SLLF, surveys show the fire beaters are being widely used and that fires are being reported to forest management bodies.
Thank you again for your continued support, enabling this vital work to be carried out in Southeast Madagascar.
Carrying seedlings to be planted in a corridor