1. To implement a holistic system to manage and protect the Manakaravavy watershed including riparian forests and river banks by the local community and authorities. 2. To double the production capacity of Maniry Valley by promoting and adopting irrigation technologies and improving farming techniques. 3. To double the capacity of grazing land within the watershed by accommodating transhumants from the Mahafaly Plateau.
The landscape of the Mahafaly Plateau, which includes the Manakaravavy watershed and Maniry Valley, the region’s breadbasket, is important for its rich biodiversity, its cultural specificity and the dire poverty of the population. The health and welfare of the Manakaravavy River and its tributaries’ watersheds determines the sustainability of development actions in the area.
Country / Region
Maniry Municipality, Mahafaly Plateau, Atsimo Andrefana Region, Madagascar
Reduction of uncontrolled migration to Tsimanampesotse National Park will take significant pressure off the park and its surrounding areas, including all its users. The watershed management plan will set an example for other regions.
Cultivation of 500 hectares of rice and inter-seasonal crops will increase wage labour, inject extra liquidity into the local monetary system and add capacity to address food-security and self-development needs of farmers.
Greater social stability is achieved by increasing resources for transhumance. This is especially relevant since cattle-breeding constitutes an important social value for the Mahafaly people.
Participation of the communities
Communities were/are involved in all the relevant steps of this project, such as planning, implementation, evaluation and improvement/adaptation. The working principle of the project is to regularly refine proposed Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices based on the test results. Farmers are the main stakeholders involved in performing these assessments.
Long term viability
The long-term viability of this project will depend on watershed and water stewardship at the regional and local level. This project aims to improve some of the most important challenges of this region. Moreover, the project will develop and implement a capacity-building programme on the above issues to empower the stakeholders concerned to sustain the activities beyond the project's life.