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Equator Initiative Case Study - Association of Manambolo Natives (FITEMA)

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The Association of Manambolo Natives (Fikambanan’ny Terak’i Manambolo - FITEMA) has used the reintroduction of an indigenous land use system to help conserve forests and wetlands in the 7,500-hectare Manambolo Valley – a forest corridor which joins the Andringitra and Ranomafana National Parks – while improving food security for local communities. The valley’s forests are home to a high number of endemic species and also provide critical ecosystem services to around 200,000 residents of five neighbouring districts, including timber and non-timber forest products, water regulation, and watershed protection.
The organization works on forest restoration through the establishment of nurseries with local tree species, including the native Ravenea madagascariensis palm. The group has also constructed irrigation infrastructure and is guided in its work by a commitment to the full participation of its target communities. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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