Ylang-ylang represents the first commodity produced in the Comoros and an important source of income for rural population, but its production leads to deforestation of the remaining natural forests of the country. Association Deux Mains works with local farmers in Anjouan to improve their practices and reduce their impact. Deux mains will introduce low-energy stills, promote non-forest energy sources for distillation, and support improved agricultural practices. The project will also document biodiversity in and around ylang-ylang production areas and include biodiversity conservation measures in a "charter" signed between producers and perfume companies.
Strategic Direction:1 Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority key biodiversity areas.