Protection of the Kirindy Forest

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


Kirindy, Menabe Antimena Protected Area, Madagascar

community-based patrollings are carried out per month

Trees on 45.5 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 has a lot of nutrients. However, these are quickly used up, 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 to a large extent from forest products. 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 projectiles for hunting and collars of hunted lemurs.

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

Support us

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.


Reforestation & Restoration

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

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 at the same time provide an additional source of income.

Partners & Supporters

The projects are funded by:

Affenberg Salem

Biodiversity Conservation Madagascar (BCM)

Fondation Yves Rocher

La Forêt de Singes

La Montagne de Singes

Little Sun Foundation

Nds. Bingo Environmental Foundation

Tierpark Berlin

Trentham Monkey Forest

Marlow Bird Park

Zoo Ausgburg

Zoo Berlin

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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