Rainforest in Madagascar
|Importance for biodiversity||High|
|Climate protection factor
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Protect and reforest rainforests
In the north of Madagascar is still tropical rainforest along the Makirovana Mountains. Investigations revealed a very large biodiversity with numerous rare animals and plants.
The people of the region traditionally burn the forest to create a farming area. The forest used to have time to recover. Nowadays people light fires which destroy the forest. The illegal deforestation of coveted exotic woods such as rosewood and palisander threatens the ecosystem. The rainforest disappears and with it a habitat for rare, endangered species that are listed in the red data book.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is on the east coast of Africa between Mozambique and Mauritius. Because of the seclusion, 80% of the species on the island are endemic. Around 4,200 tree species, 1,000 different orchids, rare birds and monkeys such as the lemur live on the unique island. Nowadays 90% of their habitat is destroyed and with the forest the local species disappear forever!
Build up an edible forests
In 2015, Naturefund launched a pilot project together with the local partners Tsiry and Missouri Botanical Gardens: We helped ten families to extend their land with dynamic agroforestry to increase the sustainability of the agriculture. Dynamic agroforestry is an innovative and promising cultivation method. It helps reforesting rainforest in a short period of time, while people have a significantly higher crop. The success is astonishing: Bananas normally bear fruit after 12 to 18 months. In our plots the fruit grew already after 2 months!
next goal is to help 50 families switch from monoculture cultivation method to dynamic agroforestry. Therefore they reforest the rainforest together, in which an average tree stores 700 kg of CO2.
Moreover the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has supported the reforestation project of Naturefund since 2015.