trafficking and threats endanger the Vohibola forest

Illegal logging, forest fires and poaching of lemurs are growing within the Vohibola forest, warning civil society and the affiliation of villagers who collectively handle this protected space with the regional directorate for the atmosphere.

as reported from Antananarivo, Laetitia Bezain

This small moist forest, a haven for endemic wildlife the massive island, is certainly one of the final main forests within the jap a part of the nation. Here, the impunity that traffickers get pleasure from threatens the security of the villagers who need to defend this forest. And because the arrest of a poacher in April final 12 months, the threats and threats from human traffickers have multiplied, says Angélique Decampe, president of Razan’ny Vohibola. The affiliation, which gathers about 3,000 inhabitants within the 4 villages situated across the forest, has been liable for managing and defending this nature reserve since 2017, specifically do each day patrols.

“We live there and we meet them (the smugglers, editor’s note). All members of the association, we are all currently threatened with death. On April 24, the Minister of the Environment sent gendarmes to help us stop the poaching. We were able to seize 1,200 sacks of coal, seven boats with forest firewood in them and we were able to arrest one of the poachers thanks to this intervention, says Decampe.

“Within two years there will probably be no extra forest” But this mobilization has not stopped the various traffic that threatens the forest. “The concern is that these folks, each time they’re arrested, will not be punished, so that they really feel protected. Today, the site visitors picked up once more. Traffickers will not be villagers however outsiders who come from Tamatave and southern Madagascar,” added Razan’ny Vohibola president.

The trial in opposition to the poacher would happen on Thursday. It has been postponed till July 28. The affiliation condemns the involvement of some native elected officers within the looting of Vohibola. Aid that endangers the wealth of this forest, Angélique Decampe continues: “There is outstanding fauna and flora. There are timber that will not be discovered wherever else, similar to the humbertiodendron. It can also be dwelling to the smallest frog on this planet, the pygmy stumpffia, the smallest chameleon on this planet, pheasants, lemurs, crocodiles, medicinal vegetation and we’ve not but completed researching this forest. There are fewer and fewer lemurs and it is actually pressing as a result of at this price, inside two years, there will probably be no extra forest. There will probably be nothing. “

Measures must therefore be taken very quickly. “We should cease coal mining, deforestation and the bloodbath of lemurs. (…) We additionally ask the President of the Republic to undertake this regulation on entry to data and the safety of human rights defenders and whistleblowers in Madagascar,” she appealed.

In about fifteen years, the Vohibola forest has misplaced virtually half of its space. There are solely a bit greater than 1000 hectares left. Razan’ny Vohibola Village Association filed a petitionfor the safety of this protected space.

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