Community-Based Natural Resource Management

Makira is ringed by over 350,000 hectares of community managed lands that form a ‘green belt’ around the Park. WCS works in close collaboration with a network of community associations (COBAs) in this green belt and supports them to become active partners in the conservation of the unique species and ecosystems within the Park boundaries. To date 73 COBAs have signed contracts with the Government of Madagascar to manage the forests in the green belt. The COBAs are the entry points for WCS’s livelihoods activities and are the beneficiaries of 50 percent of net revenues from sales of carbon credits.