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Open air room filled with seated adults.
Meeting with community representatives from 16 villages in Beanka. Communities with the least occurrences of fire were awarded prizes.
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Long-term Fire Management to Protect Beanka Protected Area in Madagascar
Grantee Name: 
Biodiversity Conservation Madagascar
HOTSPOT
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
LOCATION
AMOUNT
US$119,633
DATES
Jul 2016
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Jul 2019
Stats
Project Overview Overview
CEPF Strategic Direction Strategy
HOTSPOT
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
LOCATION
AMOUNT
US$119,633
DATES
Jul 2016
-
Jul 2019

Address the main threat to Beanka Forest—unmanaged fires, mostly lit for agricultural and grazing purposes—through an integrated approach. Train local fire management associations, create alternative livelihood options to reduce pressure on the forest and replant fire-resistant species in buffer zones of the protected area. The project will include a pilot study to investigate whether the re-introduction of giant tortoises could restore ecological processes (grazing and seed dispersal) and reduce the frequency and intensity of grassland fires to achieve long-term, low-maintenance and low-cost approaches to landscape management.

Strategic Direction: 1 Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority key biodiversity areas.