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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.
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.