Within Mananby Reserve reforestation and preservation interventions have been carried out over an area of 2,800,000 square metres, and 8,863,800 kg of CO2 emissions have been offset.
The project includes the construction of facilities for children and bridges to access the area, the creation of water wells and the reforestation of 280 hectares.
In collaboration with the Eco Volunteer Guards, the association Alfeo Corassori – “Una vita per te” and the regional authority of the Malagasy Environment Ministry, an area of 120 hectares between the villages of Manamby and Ambalamino was identified as adequate for reforestation. Despite the fact that these lands are state-owned, local communities agreed to commit themselves to protect the forests and prevent fires, as well as combat illegal deforestation and other damaging activities.
100 hectares of this area have been designated to natural regeneration. Young plants coming from nurseries or picked directly from mother plants have been planted. The remaining 20 hectares have been designated to reforestation activities carried out with fast-growing species. This area will be used for firewood and to support sustainable agriculture to meet the villages' needs without affecting the forest's core reserves.