Reforestation integrated into local life around Ranomafana Park

Ranomafana Park is located near the town of Fianarantsoa and covers almost 41,600 hectares of tropical rainforest. The Park's area of intervention is fairly vast, covering 137 villages and 7 communes, as well as 32 fokontany.
This protected area, located in the rainforests of the east of the island, was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, thanks in particular to the discovery in 1987 of the golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus, endemic to this area. The subsequent rediscovery of another lemur species, the Greater Hapalemur (Prolemur simus), also led to the creation of the protected area (Wright et al., 2012). The south of Ranomafana Park is also part of a larger conservation area (or New Protected Area), defined as the "Ambositra-Vondrozo Forest Corridor" (COFAV) set up in 2006 over 300 km long and 5 to 15 km wide (Figure 2), encompassing most of the highland rainforests of Fianarantsoa Province (Carrière-Buchsenchutz, 2006; Rakoto Ramiarantsoa et al., 2014).

According to studies carried out within the boundaries of Ranomafana Park, between 1989 and 2013 the area of forest fell from 346 to 333 km2, representing an average deforestation rate of 0.13%.year-1. The aim of this project is to help combat the deforestation of this natural wonder.

The planned activities are:

  • Production of 2,500 mixed young plants in each of the villages listed below:
    1 - Ambatolahy village
    2 - Andafiatsimo Village
    3 - Ambodiaviavy Village
    4 - Ampitavanana Village
    5 - Bevoahazo Village
    6 - Ampitsahandakana Village

  • 1,000 native trees will be transplanted in areas pre-determined by Madagascar National Park Ranomafana

  • 1,500 cash tree and fruit tree seedlings will be distributed to the population