make biodiversity a driving power for improvement

Making Madagascar’s distinctive biodiversity a driving power for improvement and at the identical time preserving it’s the situation that for 2 days animated the contributors within the discussion board on pure capital, organized by the community Nat Cap Madagascar which gathers 40 members and which closed on Friday 1 July.

as reported from Antananarivo, Laetitia Bezain

Government businesses, civil society, the non-public sector and donors, amongst others, met for 2 days in Antananarivo, the capital, with the goal of creating a roadmap to shield and enhance the pure sources of the Big Island. in order that they contribute to financial improvement and profit the inhabitants.

The discussion board was organized in a context the place the island’s pure sources and biodiversity are below unprecedented stress. In whole, 80 to 90% of the forests have been destroyed within the final sixty years, in response to figures from the Ministry of the Environment, which sponsors this occasion.

“Combining environmental conservation, natural capital and economic development is truly a challenge, especially as we are a country with a large rural and peasant majority that depend on natural resources in their daily lives. We have talked a lot about the role of the state, that is, to introduce, in particular, incentive frameworks so that the private sector can really invest in this green growth “, emphasizes Mamitiana Andriamanjato, Office Manager of the Ministry of the Environment.

The establishment of tax breaks and a set of rules for the protection of investments that value natural capital are among the conclusions of these two days of discussions.

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One of the solutions maintained during this forum is to map the economic alternatives that work at the community level and replicate them on a larger scale, such as agro-ecology. This makes it possible, especially in south-western Madagascar, to improve fishermen’s incomes, while reducing the pressure on fish stocks.

“The concrete example we are already scaling up is seaweed cultivation, ie the production of seaweed to produce carrageenan, which is used in ice cream, cosmetics etc … and is in demand internationally. There is a company in Madagascar that collects, processes and exports We work with this company called Ocean Farmers, based in Tuléar, on the west coast of Madagascar, we started in the south and we saw a rapid increase in the number of households that want to integrate this seaweed farming system. month [NDLR: 70 euros. Le revenu minimum à Madagascar est de 47 euros] additional income. So what we do is connect local producers with the market. Now we are expanding to the northwest, the private company brings with it the expertise, the equipment, supports the producers in the cultivation of algae. It is a rapid impact and it is important for local communities that are vulnerable and poor, ”explains Tiana Ramahaleo, Head of Nature Conservation on the World Wide Fund for Nature in Madagascar, one in all the organizers of this discussion board.

The contributors additionally insisted on elevated funding.

“The Ministry of the Environment’s funds has been lowered this 12 months as properly. We are at lower than 1% of the state funds similtaneously we consistently advocate this common environmental curiosity, however we don’t give ourselves funds for our ambitions. It is totally needed that we set the environmental rating at a degree it deserves, for instance as a ministry linked to the presidency, “mentioned Ndranto Razakamanarina, chair of the Alliance Voahary Gasy environmental platform.

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