Madagascar’s wetlands

Madagascar’s wetlands

Creating two new protected areas for Madagascar’s largest wetlands

Year: 2007 – 2011
: Asity Madagascar, BirdLife International

Project Background
BirdLife International, working with its Malagasy affiliate NGO, Asity Madagascar, is leading efforts to create two large Protected Areas in Madagascar’s wetlands. The two Protected Areas are known as the Mahavavy-Kinkony Complex in north-western Madagascar and the Mangoky-Ihotry Complex in south-western Madagascar. Each site includes a large river delta with estuary and mangrove areas, freshwater marshes and rivers, lakes and sandy and rocky coast. The sites also contain dry land ecosystems including deciduous forest, grasslands and caves; both also have a substantial human population. They are two of the 84 sites classified as important for bird conservation in Madagascar as part of the Project Zones d’Importance pour la Conservation des Oiseaux à Madagascar (ZICOMA). Due to strong dependence of local communities on both the sites for natural resources and overexploitation of local species, the fragile biodiversity on both sites has become increasingly threatened. In order to tackle these issues, the project entitled, Creating two new protected areas for Madagascar’s largest wetlands was developed. The project’s main objective is to create two large protected areas to conserve these threatened wetlands.

pdficon_largeMadagascar Wetlands – Final progress report (PDF 1.131kb)