More than 90% of Madagascar's primary forests are destroyed, impacting people living in underserved areas.
Why restore in Madagascar?
Madagascar is one of the world’s top biodiversity conservation priorities because of its endemic species and severe habitat loss rates. Restoration in Madagascar is important because the destruction of the mangrove estuaries along the coastline has caused mudflats to wash into the ocean, destroying once-productive fisheries and increasing the vulnerability of coastal communities to hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods. In the inland region of Madagascar, deforestation threatens one of the world’s rarest and most diverse forest systems.
of Madagascar's primary forests remain
of species are unique to Madagascar
How we started
In response to the large-scale loss of mangroves in Madagascar, we began restoring mangrove estuaries in Mahajanga in 2007. We worked with the local community to clear the estuary of dead trees, collect a variety of native propagule species, and plant trees during the low tide. Less than a decade later, our work in Mahajanga, Madagascar developed into a thriving mangrove forest, resulting in the return of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. What began as mangrove reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of upland dry deciduous forests in 2012. Then, in 2020, we expanded into highland forests.
Where we’re working
- Mangrove restoration
- Providing stability against erosion and improving ocean health
- Focuses on forest regeneration
Protected natural reserves & parks
Ankarafantsika National Park
- Largest tropical dry deciduous forest
- Home to eight species of endangered lemurs
- 70% of the 820 species of plants found in the park are endemic to Madagascar
- Dry deciduous projects to restore land devastated by slash and burn practices and overexploitation
- Provide stability to the land and protect against erosion and flooding
- Restore and expand vital animal habitat
Our progress to date
With 46 project sites, Madagascar is our most prolific restoration and community development nation. We have extensive infrastructure such as guardhouses, fire towers, and seed banks. We also developed a training center for local nursery managers to gain hands-on experience in seedling management and effective reforestation techniques.
employed in underserved geographies