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Madagascar Makira REDD+

Conserving important biodiversity by empowering 50,000 community members to build sustainable livelihoods

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Julie Larsen Maher WCS
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Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Forestry and landscapes

  • Standards: CCB, VCS

Madagascar is considered to be one of the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world – more than 80% of its animal and plant species are not found anywhere else on earth. The Makira project plays an essential role in biodiversity protection by limiting deforestation in the Makira Natural Park – a protected area of 372,000 hectares - and works with communities around the forest in a ‘protection zone’ of 350,000 hectares to develop sustainable livelihoods. Project activities focus on five main areas: community stewardship of natural resources, community economic development, health and education, ecosystem conservation and research, and carbon accounting and monitoring.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Economic growth
  • Education and skills
  • Financial security
  • Food security
  • Health and well-being
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Water stewardship
  • Health and well-being: 137 agents from 16 rural communities have been trained to advise households on general health and first treatment of common illnesses such as diarrhoea and malaria. Additionally, in 2014, more than 6,000 people visited mobile health clinics that travelled along rivers in the project area, offering free medical advice and access to family planning services.
  • Food security: The project is helping households to adopt alternative rice cultivation techniques that replace destructive and unsustainable methods, and increase yields. Households are also being supported to develop fish farming activities, as an alternative source of protein to hunting bushmeat.
  • Education and skills: By facilitating training on sustainable agricultural activities, the project helps provide knowledge sharing platforms around alternative income generating activities and land use best practice techniques. The project has also established 22 environmental youth clubs to raise awareness on the importance of conservation.
  • Infrastructure development: There are plans to invest in community infrastructure, which has started with the rehabilitation and construction of community schools. The construction of irrigation channels and water points has improved water management infrastructure in the area.

Carbon revenues are used to support the project's park conservation work and community based activities.

Through the project's successful implementation, it has helped save around 6,000 hectares of forest, and the deforestation rate has halved.

Beliazava’s Story

I am the president of the Makira Community Association Federation in Makira Natural Park. I took the lead of the Federation because I like the approach of the Makira project in giving local communities the opportunity and the right to manage natural resources. Some members of the local community consider it as a lot of responsibility, but for me it is rewarding. Rights and responsibilities go together, and for me the Makira project demonstrates this: The less the community clears the forest, the more carbon credits there are to sell, and so the chance to address problems in their villages, like the lack of roads and infrastructure. I am a farmer and I grow rice and cloves. The training I received from the Makira project on intensive rice cultivation techniques means that I can now ensure there is enough rice for my family all year round.

50% of carbon revenues are given to the community to invest in development projects

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