| Aug 10, 2023
Threatened Biodiversity in Madagascar
At present, SEED is undertaking three projects which focus on the protection of biodiversity in Madagascar. Project Ala works to protect the habitat of endangered lemurs; Project Palms is conserving 6 Red List palm species in Sainte Luce; and Project Oratsimba is protecting lobsters from overfishing.
Project Ala (which means forest in Malagasy), focuses on the conservation of endangered lemurs, such as the Southern Woolly Lemur and the Anosy Mouse Lemur, through reforestation in the Sainte Luce Littoral Forest (SLLF), located in the Anosy region of southeast Madagascar. Since the completion of Phase II, SEED has focused on expanding the corridors by replanting 33 Acacia seedlings in July 2022, and 5,113 native seedlings in February and March 2023. The most significant risk for the SLLF corridors is fire. In order to tackle this issue, communities surrounding the area trialled a prototype beater, with the 2023 January survey indicating that 90% of households in the surrounding area had already used fire beaters to put out fires. Cameras have also been installed in the corridor after a successful trial, to monitor the corridors and help with lemur observations. In November 2022 a Thomas’ Dwarf Lemur and four Red Collared Brown Lemurs were observed.
Project Oratsimba has continued to build the capacity of Fishery Management Committees (FMC) in Sainte Luce and Elodrato through training sessions and workshop facilitations. A successful pilot saving scheme for the Sainte Luce FMC has been established, and as of June 2023 1,000,000 MGA has been saved to meet individual saving goals. There has also been an increase in the average catch for fisheries in the communities of Sainte Luce and Elodrato. Lastly, there has been greater community engagement and awareness raising activities, thanks to a series of community cinema screenings, youth education sessions and mass mobilisation events.
Thank you again for your continued support, enabling these projects to thrive in southeast Madagascar.