Project Ala aims to increase and improve viable habitat for the three nocturnal species of lemur 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. Of the three species, one is classified as endangered and the other two are undergoing classification by the IUCN.
Two out of the four lemurs that live in Sainte Luce’s littoral forests are endangered and endemic to southeast Madagascar (Eulemur collaris, Avahi meridonalis) while the others Cheirogaleus thomasi and Microcebus tanosi have been confirmed to inhabit the forests by SEED Madagascar's Conservation Research Programme. However, the coastal forest habitat they rely on is disappearing; only 10% of the original littoral forest remains in Madagascar. This is due to deforestation, dependence on natural resources and potential mining exploitation.
Without intervention, 91% of southern littoral forest is predicted to be lost by 2065, seriously threatening lemur species with extinction.Temple et al., 2012
We will construct four habitat corridors between five isolated forest fragments, reconnecting viable lemur habitat and significantly increasing connected forest habitat by 58ha (109%). This will be overseen by locally elected forest management committees; COBA and FIMPIA. Working closely with key stakeholders and the community to undertake education and capacity building to strengthen community-led conservation. We will monitor the success of the forest connections by assessing the passage of lemurs between the forest remnants and faunal biodiversity change.
Seeking funding for Phase 1. If you are interested in funding Project Ala, please get in touch.
NatureSpy are collaborating with SEED Madagascar by aiding Project Ala’s research to monitor the transition of three nocturnal lemur species through habitat corridors using camera traps. These camera traps help us understand the success of the corridors as a lemur conservation strategy by informing national and international research.