Reforestation support and baskets in Kianjavato

There are nine species of lemurs in the Kianjavato Commune and its surrounding areas, including three protected interconnected forests and a fourth disjunct parcel of cultural significance. These forests are separated by thousands of hectares of unprotected land that are rapidly being cleared for agriculture. The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership created an innovative project to expand wildlife habitat, while simultaneously raising the standard of living for thousands of people.

The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has already planted over 2.7 million trees, including more than 100 native tree species. A portion of the reforested area will mature into a corridor that wildlife can use for dispersal, and the remaining trees will become part of a local, community-supported agricultural program.

To date, more than 3,000 people have signed up to be a part of this reforestation effort. Out of its 20 tree nurseries, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership employs more than 50 full-time reforestation employees, and provides supplemental income to 100 daily workers and over 100 single mothers.

Fredo Tera, the project's community liaison, is instrumental in making this community-supported project a success by meeting with village leaders and residents, and organizing planting events. With your support, you can help Fredo distribute tree-planting tools, such as planting baskets and shovels, and help us track our progress with GPS units.