25 Aug Conservation of endemic threatened palms in Vohimana, Madagascar
In situ conservation of 5 palm species (2 CR and 3 VU) and 23 other threatened tree species of the mid-altitude tropical rainforest of Vohimana in Madagascar
Partner: L’Homme et l’Environnement
This project aims to reduce pressures on the Vohimana forests in Madagascar by establishing an in situ sanctuary for the conservation of 5 endemic and threatened palm trees and 23 other threatened tree species found in the area. The project will also build local capacity for targeted species monitoring. In addition, the project aims to develop ecotourism in the region and to classify Vohimana forests as a protected area to ensure the long-term survival of the target species.
The conservation of endemic tree species of the mid-altitude tropical rainforest of Vohimana is a national priority due to the high fragmentation of this type of ecosystem in Madagascar. Concrete conservation actions for 28 threatened tree species, including five endemic palms (Ravenea lakatra CR; Ravenea louvelii CR; Ravenea dransfieldii EN; Beccariophoenix madagascariensis VU; Dypsis decipiens VU) will be implemented in the framework of this project: (1) creation of a sanctuary for in situ conservation of these endemic palms and other threatened tree species present in Vohimana; (2) development of an agroforestry and ecotourism programme to meet the economic and social expectations of the local population while relieving pressure on the forests; (3) development of local capacity for targeted species monitoring in the project area; (4) classification of the Vohimana forests as a protected area.