ANKARABOLAVA AGNAKATRIKA

REGION Atsimo Atsinanana | COMMUNE Matanga, Tsianofaha, Vohipaho | AREA 1562 | Project Start July 2007 | Protected areas IUCN Cat VI | Decree of creation: 2015 - 794
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ACCESS
900 km or 2 days drive from Tana on national highway (RN7 then RN25,
RN12 and RN12A). Typical trip: Day 1 - Tana - Ranomafana, Day 2
Manakara - Matanga, then 2-3 h walk to forest.


GOAL
To conserve the last fragment of forest in Vangaindrano District
complete with its rare and threatened flora and fauna while facilitating
its use for education and sustainable exploitation


VEGETATION
Low elevation humid forest on basalt.


BIOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE
1- Very rare vegetation type.
2- Last area remaining forest in district.
3- Highly diverse flora with many locally endemic species known only from the region of Atsimo Atsinanana and rare species including Vitex farafanganensis and Dypsis elegans.
4- Six species of lemur including both Eulemur cincereiceps and Eulemur collaris


SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE
Exploited commercially for timber, forest used for shifting cultivation,
birds and lemurs eaten, source of many streams.


THREATS
1- Illigal Timber exploitation.
2- Shifting cultivation.


ONGOING PROJECT
- Mobilizing local youth to conserve Eulemur cinereiceps
at the Ankarabolava-Agnakatrika Forest, Madagascar.

- Using community patrols to control extra pressures on timber resources at two New Malagasy protected areas.