Coordinating and collating research efforts into the unexplored areas of the COVAF rainforest.
Funding Feedback Madagascar in their effort to venture in to unexplored areas of the COVAF rainforest where they will carry out vital research via the "Community Forest Monitoring & Management Project".
Feedback Madagascar and their partner organisation, Ny Tanintsika, work at the grassroots, listening to local people and working with them and local partners to establish shared aims which address both short and long-term needs. The charity recognises the relationship between poverty, environmental degradation and poor health, so by planting and protecting hundreds of hectares of indigenous forest they aim to promote social development and improve the management of natural resources by local people.
Madagascar is one of the most naturally diverse countries in the world. Many of the animal and plant species found living there can be found nowhere else in the world. Trees literally hold Madagascar together - they stop erosion and provide food and shelter for animals and people alike. A large percentage of communities in Madagascar are subsistence farmers who rely on the forest itself for their own agricultural needs, as well as collecting plants for weaving, collecting water etc. Feedback Madagascar works hard to protect the native Madagascan wildlife, yet ensures that the rural communities are still able to live off the land using sustainable methods of farming, harvesting and agriculture.
Ambohimahamasina is one of the most culturally important places in all of Madagascar. It is a rural village located near the forest corridor of Ambositra-Vondrozo Forest (aka the COFAV) a new protected area which is recognized as being highly biologically diverse and geologically relevant. Despite its rainforest being distinguished as a protected area, it continues to experience disturbingly high rates of slash-and-burn deforestation as well as other forms of environmental degradation. Unlike the National Parks, the flora and fauna in Ambohimahamasina’s portion of rainforest remains largely unexplored and unknown. Animals endemic to Madagascar (such as the many sub species of lemurs) are likely to be found within these unexplored rainforest areas.
In the past, it has been difficult to encourage the rural communities who rely on the land as a source of income to protect such areas, likely due to the lack of scientific knowledge on the subject. Feedback Madagascar now hopes to help co-ordinate and collate research in this unexplored area of the COFAV. In 2018, research groups collected data on the biodiversity of this area, as well as running ecology and geological studies. An extra effort has been made to communicate with the local people encouraging them to learn more about the cultural significance of the rainforest to the surrounding communities. It is hoped that this newly collected information will encourage local communities to protect this area by using ecofriendly and sustainable methods of farming and agriculture.
Madagascar holds 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. However, deforestation has resulted in many species being put at great risk: of the 71 surviving lemur species in Madagascar, 64% are endangered or vulnerable. Two of our lemur species at Blair Drummond Safari Park - the black-and-white ruffed lemur (pictured below) and red ruffed lemur - are both critically endangered.
Thanks to visitors generous support we are able to to support the Community Forest Monitoring & Management Project for the second year in a row.
Where your money goes
I work with different species of lemur every day, all of them endangered in the wild. It is essential that we protect these unique animals before we lose them and the trees they live in. That is why I want to help Feedback Madagascar plant new trees to provide lemurs with much-needed habitats, ensuring we prevent their extinction.