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Project

Empowering Local Communities to Preserve Critical Lemur Habitats

Duration
2015 - 2017
Location
Madagascar
Species protected
Aye-aye Daubentonia madagascariensis
Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur Allocebus trichotis

Project objectives

Desired outcomes include:

  • Improving community-based natural resource management;
  • Delineation of zones of different usage, defined management regulations and sanctions;
  • A permanent monitoring presence providing valuable data for lemur management and reducing threats to lemurs;

Threaths

Habitat loss & degradation

Poaching

  • About 40 hectares of restored rainforest and improved habitat quality/connectivity through rainforest restoration;
  • Adoption of novel, sustainable and higher performing agricultural techniques by local communities and thus a reduction of slash-and-burn agriculture and pressure on lemur habitat;
  • Decrease of lemur and other bushmeat hunting as a result of animal protein produced by fish farming;
  • Alternative sustainable income generated by ecotourism reduces pressure on lemur habitat;
  • Increased understanding about wildlife and ecology leads to increased appreciation of it.

This project is implemented by Mitsinjo.