Local community engagement and support for conservation: Ecotourism at Andasibe, Madagascar

David Newsome
Published: 06 August 2019
Last edited: 09 September 2019
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Summary

Andasibe - Mantadia National Park is a high profile rainforest tourism destination and one of the most popular nature-based tourism destinations in Madagascar. Visitors are able to view the iconic Indri and nine other species of lemur, endemic birds such as couas, vangas and ground rollers, as well as a rich herpeto-fauna comprising chameleons and geckos. International and domestic tour groups are led by local guides sourced mainly from the village of Andasibe and surrounding areas. . Mitsingo Forest Station is a community reserve under the protection of local people. Currently at leat 70+ and up to 100 guides sourced mostly from the local community act as guides for tour companies and international tourists. A combintion of tangible economic benefits and on-going engagement with conservation organisations and the tourism industry has led to local community support for the protection of wildlife and associated forest.

 

Classifications

Region
East and South Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Forest ecosystems
Tropical evergreen forest
Theme
Access and benefit sharing
Ecosystem services
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Protected area governance
Sustainable financing
Sustainable livelihoods
Traditional knowledge
Challenges
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Poaching
Ecosystem loss
Unemployment / poverty
Sustainable development goals
SDG 1 – No poverty
SDG 2 – Zero hunger
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
SDG 15 – Life on land
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 2: Biodiversity values integrated
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 11: Protected areas
Target 14: Ecosystem services
Sendai Framework
Target 2: Reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with associations
Indirect through consumers

Location

Andasibe-Mantadia, Madagascar
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Impacts

Local community guide associations conduct training exercises and are involved in conservation work resulting in the protection of forest and wildlife. Andasibe Village (population about 1400) has benefited from providing tourism services. These benefits include employment of local people, improved road conditions and village services, improved infrastructure such as a school, market place, dispensary and a piped water supply. The forest in valued for its ecosystem services and especially wildlife values.

Contributed by

David Newsome Murdoch University