Protection of the Kirindy Forest

 

In western Madagascar, we support the protection of the unique Kirindy dry forest within the Menabe-Antimena Protected Area.

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Kirindy, Menabe Antimena Protected Area, Madagascar

community-based patrollings are carried out per month

Trees on 18 hectares have already been planted

About the project

Protection of the Kirindy Forest

The greatest human impact on nature in the region is slash-and-burn agriculture for the so-called shifting cultivation method in order to plant corn or peanuts. The freshly burned soil initially possesses a lot of nutrients. However, these are expended quickly, so that a new field has to be cleared after only 2-3 years. The intensity of slash-and-burn already has an impact on the climate in the region. Without an alternative for shifting cultivation, the forest and the animals of the region will not be able to survive in the long term.

Charcoal burning and the use of wood and charcoal for daily food preparation, illegal logging and hunting of endangered animals are also problematic. The people in the Menabe region still live from forest products to a large extent Without sustainable management and alternatives, the local population will find it even more difficult to survive in the region in the long term.

By working with local communities for a more sustainable future and supporting rangers, research and education, we aim to do our bit to preserve the special qualities of this area for future generations.

 

Control in Kirindy Forest. The control team inspects a recently burned area in Kirindy forest.

Confiscated utensils for hunting birds, lemurs and co.

The tree nursery of the Centre National de Formation et Recherche en Environment et Foresterie (CNFEREF) in the municipality of Marofandilia.

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Support the protection of the Kirindy Forest

With 30 € you finance for example a control by local rangers.

Forest protection via APP

Area controls

Community-based controls of the Kirindy Forest are intended to minimize threats to the ecosystem. In order to plan the controls as effectively as possible, a smartphone app is used to record and evaluate current data on cleared areas or destroyed forest areas.

Precautionary

Reforestation & Restoration

Together with our local partners, we restore cleared areas of forest using local and indigenous tree species.

Double benefit

Energy-saving stoves

Energy-saving stoves use up to 2/3 less wood or charcoal and thus reduce the pressure on the forest. In addition, they produce less harmful gases when burned, thus improving the health of families.

Alternative Income & Proteins

Chicken Farm

We support families in raising chickens as an alternative to hunting wild animals such as lemurs and tenrecs. The sale of chicken meat and eggs can also provide an additional source of income.

Partners & Supporters

The projects are funded by:

Zoo Berlin

Tierpark Berlin

Fondation Yves Rocher

Daimler Per Cent

Manfred Hermsen Stiftung

Zoo Duisburg

The projects will be implemented jointly with:

Local communities

Centre National de Formation et Recherche en Environment et Foresterie (CNFEREF)

DPZ Madagascar

 

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Wildfires: Kirindy Forest under pressure

Wildfires: Kirindy Forest under pressure

The remaining dry forest of the Aire Protégée Menabe Antimena (APMA), including the Kirindy Forest/CNFEREF is under immense threat. A large fire occurring along the national road adjacent to the Kirindy Forest at the beginning of October 2021 has recently gained much...