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Reforestation in Madagascar

Project Name:
Ivatu Reforestation, Vicinity of Ranomafana National Park, SE Madagascar

Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE), Centre Val Bio
Madagascar Institut pour la Conservation des Ecosystems Tropicaux (MICET)

Project Description:
A large scale restoration project using native tree species to provide corridor habitat for the critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) and the endangered White-collared Brown Lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps). While these two endangered species are targeted by the project, a number of other lemur species are expected to benefit from project activities.

Operating in a habitat mosaic of approximately 8000 ha, the project is reforesting 4000 ha to create continuous habitat between Ranomafana and
Andringitra National Parks. The project also consists of an agricultural improvement component, providing financial support to villagers to build small irrigation dams, improve rice cultivation and diversify agroforestry initiatives. The project continues a 30 year tradition of engaging the local community in conservation research through ICTE and it's Malagasy counterpart MICET, who through the work of Dr. Patricia Wright and others, spearheaded the creation of Ranomafana National Park.

At present the project has developed two large scale nurseries that employ local villagers, has identified areas where tree planting will occur, and has begun to plant trees on degraded land adjacent to nurseries where title has been secured.

PI's role:
We have advised ICTE and MICET as to potential avenues for the registration and sale of credits from the market, as well as developing carbon sequestration models and project finance models for the project. We have begun the PDD process for CCBA and VCS certification, and are in the process of engaging and informing the local community to design a schedule of project activities, develop a land tenure plan and collecting more detailed environmental data that will allow for more accurate projections of carbon sequestration.

Related Links:
- Information on the Greater Bamboo Lemur from (Prolemur simus) IUCN
- Information on the White-collared Brown Lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps) from IUCN