Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the Malagasy’s ability to farm and live on the land. Entire mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea.
Eden Reforestation Projects launched its Madagascar project sites in 2007 by restoring ecologically devastated mangrove estuaries in the northwest of the country. Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. What began as primarily mangrove restoration and reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of native dry deciduous species in 2012.
Eden Projects partners include two National Park systems, which aim to reforest and revive natural habitat for endangered and endemic animal species.
Northwest Madagascar16°16'48.09"S, 44°50'10.90"E
- Mangrove reforestation and restoration projects
- Provide stability against erosion and improve ocean and coral reef health
- Over 2.7 million mangrove trees planted every month
Protected Natural Reserves/Parks
Ankarafantsika National Park16°13'37.70"S, 46°57'34.07"E
- Tropical dry deciduous forest and the home to 8 species of endangered lemurs
Northwest Madagascar15°30'38.89"S, 46°38'59.00"E
- Dry deciduous projects to reforest land devastated by slash and burn practices
- Provide stability to the land and protect against erosion and flooding
- Restore and expand vital animal habitat