Stop the acute increase of threats to the lemur populations in Andilambologno forest during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted Madagascar. The country was in lockdown for several months, therefore rural communities were unable to reach to travel and to sell their crops. In addition, people that rely heavily on tourism have lost their jobs due to the national parks closing.
As a result, forest exploitation and wildlife hunting activities are increasing throughout the country. Our field team have reported illegal extraction of timber and lemur traps within the project site, Andilambologno forest.
This project aims to directly reduce increasing pressures on the target species and their habitat by intensifying forest patrols, improving the local communities’ living conditions and raising the local communities’ awareness about the importance of the protection of the endemic biodiversity.