Madagascar is renowned for its rich fauna and flora, with more than 80% of its species found nowhere else on Earth. However, the country has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, having lost more than 23% of its forest cover since 2000, driven by local subsistence agriculture. Located in southeast Madagascar, the 58000 ha Tsitongambarika tropical forest is home to unique wildlife. New species of plants and animals continue to be discovered, while the forest is a vital water supply for local communities in addition, to supporting livelihoods. Deforestation, driven by local subsistence agriculture is a major threat to the forest. Since 2006, Asity Madagascar (BirdLife Partner) has promoted conservation of Tsitongambarika, leading to its definitive status of Protected Area in 2015. Asity is also working with local communities who live around the forest, supporting at least 10,000 households since 2008. In 2022, 427 families were supported, thanks to support from the Hempel Foundation and Vanguard. Marius Andriamorasata from Asity sat down with 47 year old Resamy Damy from Andramanka village one of the areas where Asity is implementing projects, who explained why he is part of the forest preservation efforts.
In Sierra Leone, local communities in collaboration with BirdLife Partner the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) are working to conserve the Gola forest through Community Forest Management Committees (CFMCs)
BirdLife Africa inaugurates a new office in La Maison de la Conservation (Conservation House) with the support of the Mava Foundation for Nature.
La Maison de la Conservation (The Conservation House) opened with the support of the MAVA Foundation for Nature.
An expedition in the remote rainforests of northeast Madagascar has recorded Dusky Tetraka, an endemic to the country, for the first time since 1999. It was one of the top 10 most wanted species by the Search for Lost Birds collaboration, and its rediscovery marks an important step to helping protect it.
In Sierra Leone, BirdLife Partner the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) is working with local communities to protect important forest ecosystems through the PAPFor Project
BirdLife Africa Partners’ Joint Statement on the Development Threats to and Management of World Heritage Sites
BirdLife Africa Partners’ Joint Statement on the Development Threats to and Management of World Heritage Sites on the 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the World Heritage Convention.
While poisoning remains the leading cause of vultures’ rapid decline in Africa, increasing the capacity of conservationists to quickly respond to wildlife poisoning events can make a difference.
By creating a new scientific fisheries observer program, Cabo Verde has rolled out a new approach to the management of its marine resources.