In Ambanja, northwest Madagascar, communities are protecting their mangrove forests by producing an alternative and sustainable source of charcoal – brown salwood trees (known as Acacia mangium). In the area, mangroves are illegally and unsustainably cut to produce charcoal, mainly used for cooking.
Hanjara Rabemanantsoa, Blue Ventures’ mangroves coordinator in Tsimipaika Bay, shares the journey of the alternative charcoal producers in an article for WIOMSA’s latest newsbrief. Hanjara has been instrumental in supporting the communities to establish and manage their alternative fuelwood plantations, and understand why conserving mangrove ecosystems is vital for protecting their futures.
Read ‘The quest for sustainable charcoal’ in WIOMSA’s March newsbrief
Learn about our community-led mangrove conservation work in Madagascar
Find out more about alternative fuelwood plantations in northwest Madagascar