The SWM Programme in Madagascar is being implemented in and bordering the Makira Natural Park. This park, rich in diverse and endemic wildlife, is one of the largest blocks of intact forests left in Madagascar. The project is working with ten communities where hunting wildlife contributes to family nutrition, but is currently at unsustainable levels, threatening to drive most hunted species to extinction and dramatically increase food insecurity.

Around the world, overhunting wildlife for food is threatening hundreds of wildlife species with extinction.

As wildlife populations decline, many rural communities and indigenous peoples are being left without food and an important source of income. This situation is becoming more critical as the demand for wild meat grows in towns and cities.

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The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme is developing innovative solutions based on field projects in fifteen countries. It is a seven-year (2018-2024) initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) initiative, funded by the European Union with additional support from the French Facility for Global Environment and the French Development Agency. It is being implemented by a unique consortium of four partners with expertise in wildlife conservation and food security, which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). In each pilot OACPS country of the Programme, these partners are working closely with national authorities and other local institutions.

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