The aim of Project Ala is to increase and improve viable habitat for three nocturnal species of lemur (one of which is classified as endangered and the other two are undergoing classification by the IUCN) in Sainte Luce littoral forest, through corridor reforestation coupled with strengthened local and regional capacity to support the conservation of lemurs and their natural habitats.
• Status: Seeking funding for Phase 1
• Target population: Community of Sainte Luce
• Location: Sainte Luce, Anosy region, southeast Madagascar
• Project partners: local community, and organisations involved in conservation in the Sainte Luce area
Two out of the four lemurs that live in Sainte Luce’s littoral forests are endangered and endemic to South East Madagascar (Eulemur collaris, Avahi meridonalis) and Cheirogaleus thomasi and Microcebus tanosi have recently been confirmed to inhabit the forests by the SEED Madagascar's Conservation Research Programme and are currently under assessment by the IUCN.
However, the Sainte Luce littoral forest habitat they rely on for survival is disappearing; only 10% of original littoral forest remains in Madagascar. This is due to deforestation, high community dependence on natural resources and the Sainte Luce littoral forest is also threatened by potential mining exploitation. Resulting forest fragmentation reduces the ability of species to move between suitable areas of habitat, seriously increasing the extinction risk of the lemurs in Sainte Luce, as well as many other endemic flora and fauna.
Without intervention, 91% of southern littoral forest is predicted to be lost by 2065, seriously threatening lemur species with extinction.Temple et al., 2012
SEED will construct four habitat corridors between five isolated forest fragments, reconnecting viable lemur habitat and significantly increasing connected forest habitat by 58ha (109%). Activities will be overseen by locally elected forest management committees; COBA and FIMPIA. SEED will ensure a holistic approach to lemur conservation by working closely with key stakeholders and the local community and undertake a youth and community education and stakeholder capacity building programme, to strengthen community-led forest conservation. Project Ala will also monitor the temporal success of the forest connections by assessing the passage of lemurs between the forest remnants and the larger forests, floral and faunal biodiversity changes and forest succession within the corridor.
Seeking funding for Phase 1. If you are interested in funding Project Ala, please get in touch.