Updating the management plan of Mangabe Reserve and assisting local communities through improving infrastructure and facilities

Madagasikara Voakajy


The Mangabe protected Area is a 27,346ha Reserve established in the Alaotra-Mangoro Region, eastern Madagascar in 2015. It aims to preserve some of Madagascar’s endemic and Critically Endangered species from extinction, while maintaining key ecosystem services for human wellbeing. Through the IMET assessment of the Mangabe Reserve in January 2020, infrastructure and facilities and assistance for the communities got the lowest scores. All these issues could be resolved if the Reserve’s management plan was updated and all the roles, responsibilities and processes are clarified in this document. Therefore, updating the management plan was the first priority. The second priority action was related to improving infrastructure, equipment and facilities. As a result, the five year (2022-2026) management plan of the Mangabe Reserve has been updated and communities' assistance was responded to through the purchase of two motorbikes, building of three information centers, and the improvement of the Mangabe campsite. 


Afrique de l'Est et du Sud
Ampleur de la mise en œuvre
Forêt de conifères tropicaux
Écosystèmes forestiers
Acteurs locaux
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion des ressources forestières
Gestion et Planification des Aires protégées et conservées
Gouvernance des Aires protégées et conservées
Moyens d'existence durables
Services écosystèmiques
Conservation des espèces et interventions axées sur l’approche « Une seule santé »
Planification de la conservation des espèces
Dégradation des terres et des forêts
Perte de biodiversité
Perte de l'écosystème
Développement d’infrastructure
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Manque d'autres possibilités de revenu
Manque d'infrastructures
Manque de capacités techniques
Chômage / pauvreté
Objectifs de développement durable
ODD 1 - Pas de pauvreté
ODD 2 - Faim "zéro"
ODD 9 - Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Objectifs d’Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 6: Gestion durable des ressources vivantes aquatiques
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 11: Aires protégées et conservées
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance


Moramanga, Alaotra-Mangoro, Madagascar
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Despite the protection and conservation efforts to date, forest cover in Mangabe Reserve continues to decline. According to the online platform Global Forest Watch (www.globalforestwatch.org ), the forest cover loss is 2,872.92ha between 2015 and 2021 which is 10.5% of the total surface of Mangabe Reserve. This decline is the result of complex issues including the increasing demand for timber products, the increasing demand for fertile soil, the lack of direct and regular benefits from conservation, the poor enforcement of regulations and the low recovery of forest after disturbance. These issues need to be addressed rapidly and efficiently through updating the Mangabe management plan and implementing key actions defined with all stakeholders.


  • Regional and national representatives of the Government, Rural Communes and villages within and around Mangabe Reserve, local communities
  • Target species including the Golden Mantella frog (Mantella aurantiaca) and lemurs (Indri indri, Propithecus diadema)

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

Building information centers is part of implementation of Mangabe management plan 2022-26. As we envisioned the local communities to lead the management of Mangabe Reserve by 2040, the use of information centers is one way to engage local communities through giving them necessary documents and building their capacity. We aim to see Mangabe Reserve as a home for people and nature, benefitting each other. Forest cover and quality will be maintained to provide essential ecosystem services for people and wild species. Mangabe’s wild species will be assessed as viable and non-threatened. Local communities will lead the sustainable management of the Mangabe Reserve.


  • The Mangabe management plan was validated at all levels (local, regional, and national) in 2021. The vision is that within 20 years, Mangabe Reserve will be managed by local communities and will provide ecosystem services and economic benefits for the Malagasy population.
  • As direct impacts of the project, information centers in the three villages (Mangabe, Andranomandry, and Avolo) were used by community members (Community Based Associations, youths, women group, and local authorities) to run meetings and exchange information. Communities visit also these information centers to read useful books during their spare time. Particularly, the information center in Mangabe village was used by the Women group called “Miavotra” for their sewing and embroidery course between July and September 2022.  In October 2022, the Miavotra group sold their first products to visitors of the Aqua-firma group (https://www.aqua-firma.com/) and to two staff members of Chester Zoo. After discussion, they decided to allocate part of the proceeds to the purchase of materials ($13). During the Chester Zoo Expedition in January 2023, they achieved a sales income of $105 (460 000 Ariary).
  • Communities were timely assisted through the use of motorbikes by Madagasikara teams in case of urgent reports and also through regular fieldworks to monitor their progress towards their management on natural resources.

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