Ankaratra Massif, an extinct volcano range, is home to two critically endangered amphibian species, Williams’ Bright-eyed Frog and a species of Madagascar frog. In collaboration with in-country partners and the local community, we have taken the first steps towards creating a new protected area that encompasses this important massif. We are now working with these groups to ensure that any programs initiated will enable the local communities to protect their resources for the long-term. Key to the success of this program has been the implementation of alternative livelihood strategies, watershed protection and forestry management.
The Ankaratra Massif is home to two Critically Endangered endemic amphibian species, Williams’ Bright-eyed Frog (Boophis williamsi) and a species of Madagascar frog (Mantidactylus pauliani).
Local partner, Vondrona Ivon’ny Fampandrosoana (VIF), local community associations, IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, and Conservation International are this project’s main partners.
This project will result in the establishment of a new protected area for the Critically Endangered amphibian species, and the restoration and reforestation of the Massif. Also, the project will provide the local community with the tools and incentives to actively conserve the resources of the Massif in the future, independently of external guidance and assistance.
In collaboration with partners this project will undertake the following activities:
• Continue long-term monitoring of amphibian populations within the area of concern.
• Develop a strategic reforestation plan that incorporates both native reforestation and community-use forested areas.
• Identify and initiate alternative livelihood programs to help support the local community and provide incentives to protect the Massif.
• Provide the community with the tools they require to protect the last native forest stands from logging.
• All activities will be designed and implemented with the aim of providing the community with the tools to become self-sufficient within five years and therefore require little to no further conservation funding.
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