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Southern Africa Small Technical Grant

Mangabe Reserve: a home for people and biodiversity, benefiting each other

Terrestrial protected area
Governance Management effectiveness Livelihoods
Local communities Youth Women
Management Plan Capacity building Sustainable development
69,701.94 EUR Madagascar, Southern Africa December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2021

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Mangabe-Ranomena-Sahasarotra National Park, 555697885.

The BIOPAMA AC Objectives addressed

This project addresses two the BIOPAMA Action Component objectives:

  • Enhance the management and governance of priority protected areas by addressing existing limitations, and
  • Support local communities’ initiatives aiming to enhance the livelihoods of local people whilst effectively contributing to protected areas management.

Priority need addressed

This project will address two priority needs of the protected area:

  • Updating the management plan, and
  • Improving the infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

Project activities

Updating the management plan

To write up and validate the management plan, Madagasikara Voakajy will organize three workshops. The first one will involve MV and MEDD team members and will focus on writing up the management plan based on the existing data and the new template provided by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Madagascar. The second workshop will present and validate the management plan at the regional level. The third workshop will present and validate the management plan at the national level. The final version of the management plan will be shared with all stakeholders in the relevant format and language.

Improving the infrastructure, equipment and facilities

Madagasikara Voakajy will acquire two new motorbikes during the first quarter of the project. This will allow the team to intervene more rapidly in the field. The grantee will build and equip an information centre in three villages: Andranomandry, Avolo and Mangabe, and run monthly awareness campaigns at these centres. It is expected that community members attend the campaigns and visit the centre regularly. Tent shelters will be established in Mangabe to welcome tourists.

The change the project implementation will bring for the protected area(s)

As a direct result of this project, Madagasikara Voakajy expects to:

  • Have an agreement with all stakeholders on the priorities for the next five years documented in the protected area’s management plan,
  • Be able to reduce the transport costs to the sites and respond more promptly to community requests,
  • Allow community members to always access information and get updates on a regular basis from the information centres,
  • Plan for more regular tourism activities in Mangabe Protected Area.

On the long term, this project will contribute to reducing deforestation in Mangabe Protected Area, increasing community members’ knowledge and skills to manage the protected area, and improve their livelihoods through efficient agricultural techniques.

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Implementing organisations

Madagasikara Voakajy

Photo credits: Richard Ramahefason; Pierre Razafindraibe; Voahirana Randriamamonjy.

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