The rainforest of Mangabe in eastern Madagascar is rapidly declining. It contains over half of the world’s breeding ponds for the golden mantella frog and provides key resources to support livelihoods of rural people. Madagasikara Voakajy is supporting communities to manage the forest within the framework of a new sustainable use protected area. Ten community-based organizations have been established to form the core management units for the reserve. This project will support these groups to identify, map and eventually manage the use of their forests.
Richard Jenkins, the Welsh project Manager, spent the first 18 years of his life in Llanelli and has spent the last ten in Madagascar.
He returns to Wales every year to visit and to raise funds for protecting tropical forests and often reminds people of the vital early role played by Welshmen in supporting literacy in Madagascar. If he receives support from the Size of Wales, he plans to hold a St. David’s Day tribute in the annual Mangabe forest festival that Madagasikara Voakajy organizes.