Development of Community-based Ecotourism in the Anjozorobe-Angavo Protected Area
Project title: DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY-BASED ECOTOURISM IN THE ANJOZOROBE-ANGAVO PROTECTED AREA
Current status: Ongoing Concluded
Duration (est.)/dates: July 2007 – July 2009
Partner entities: Government of Madagascar, Fanamby NGO, United Nations Development Programme, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), General Directorate of Water Resources and Forests; Ministry of Tourism; Ministry for Decentralization and Regional Planning; National Association of Protected Areas Management; Kudéta Consulting; Antananarivo University; Rural Support and Development Programme; Mangoro Regional Development Committee, Regions and Districts; MERNS Environmental Programme Office; French Global Environment Fund; Economic Structural Adjustment Programme
Source(s) of Funding: ST-EP Foundation
Executing Agency: Fanamby NGO
Main project objective: to develop ecotourism products along the Anjozorobe-Angavo Forest Corridor for the benefit of rural communities and the conservation of its primary forestland and biodiversity.
The Anjozorobe-Angavo Forest Corridor is one of the last vestiges of natural forests in the Central Highlands of Madagascar, rich in biodiversity but also prized for its development potential. The high level of forest clearing, illicit cutting and sale, fires, and charcoal endangers not only its rich biodiversity, but also the farms operated by 13 communes adjacent to the Forest Corridor. By developing community ecotourism, with men and women from surrounding communities engaged in protection and development activities, the project is designed to enable local populations to enjoy its social, economic, ecological and tourism-related benefits.
Activities were divided in various components.
Main project outputs/deliverables:
The project was successful in creating opportunities for the local community and in establishing an innovative management scheme for joint ventures.