Forest restoration – Update

Forest restoration – March 2013

In the past, many areas in Parcel II of the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve were illegally cleared for farming. Recently, restoration activities have started to rehabilitate these areas of degraded forest. On March 22, 2013, an additional 500 stems of Alluaudia procera were planted with the enthusiastic participation of nearby villagers, including young villagers from Mahazoarivo. Alluaudia procera is a very common species and also highly valued by villagers. After two months, 30% of the planted stems have survived. This percentage reflects the average success rate of forest restoration activities done in past years at Bezà Mahafaly, but there is room and hope for improvement in the future.