In June, Conservation International (CI)-Madagascar, local communities and other partners restored 28 hectares of degraded mangrove sites in Ankorera village, Antsiranana region in north-eastern Madagascar.
This was done to mark both the World Ocean Day and World Environment Day, in celebrations that were led by the regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
The restored site is part of the expanded area of the Ambodivahibe Marine Protected Area that CI Madagascar and local communities are co-managing to enhance management of marine and coastal resources and improve livelihoods of local communities.
Other activities conducted to mark the day included soccer and dance competitions to raise awareness about environmental conservation, with CI Madagascar awarding prizes to winners.
Madagascar National Parks, WWF, MIHARI Network and other key partners were part of the event.
Conservation International-Liberia has provided five drones to Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to strengthen forest conservation in the country.
CI Liberia Country Director Peter Mulbah handed over the drones to FDA’s Managing Director C. Mike Doryen, to enhance the agency’s ability to effectively monitor and manage the country’s protected forests, and their rich array of biodiversity, including forest elephants, pygmy hippos, and chimpanzees.
This comes amid heightening threats of illegal logging and hunting of protected wildlife within Liberia’s protected areas.
The donation was provided under a Global Environment Facility-funded project to improve conservation and sustainable use of Liberia’s coastal natural capital, by mainstreaming the value of nature into the country’s development planning.