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EditPhoto Title:Madagascar Communities Profit from Forest Conservation
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In the land of lemurs, people are tapping into carbon markets to support alternative liveli​hoods and improve their well-being while securing critical forest and water resources.

Our role

Since 2007, CI has been collaborating with the communities around the Ambositra-Vondrozo Forest Corridor Natural Resource Reserve (COFAV) in central Madagascar. This work, which includes the creation of COFAV as a protected area, is helping​ to ensure that this region's resources are available for generations to come. 

The headwaters of more than 25 rivers in the corridor deliver fresh water to people in central Madagascar, and communities around the reserve use the forest for their livelihoods and for cultural and spiritual ceremonies. The reserve is also home to numerous threatened species including Madagascar’s unique primates — lemurs.

Protecting standing forests such as those in the COFAV​ is also crucial in the fight against global climate change. By linking communities’ forest conservation​ efforts to sustainable sources of financing, CI is helping these communities and the Government of Madagascar secure their long-term development goals.

CI’s project in the COFAV​​​ has been independently verified under the most credible carbon standard, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and also validated to the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS), achieving the triple Gold Level — the first project in Africa to do so.

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Edit Item Text:CI’s Carbon Fund works directly with local people to reduce deforestation in the area and use carbon revenues to finance livelihood opportunities and community development projects. The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the well-being of resident communities, enable the sustainable use of natural resources and maintain healthy ecosystems.
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Edit Item Text:In close consultation with government and local communities, CI designed and assisted in the creation of the reserve and its management plan. Communities determined which areas are under full protection and which are sustainably used for human needs, backed by conservation agreements that compensate communities for their implementation of the plan in exchange for the provision of self-identified benefits, such as support for improved rice production or rehabilitation of schools.
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Edit Item Text:The project provides grants to local community associations for economic activities that directly benefit the local population and are aligned with the goals of the project, such as small irrigation dams, community granaries, rural electrification, beekeeping and small animal husbandry.
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EditSubtitle:2.26 million metric tons
EditText:From 2007 to 2012, the COFAV project was able to attract private sector investment and reduce annual deforestation in the corridor by 46%, thereby avoiding the emission of 2.26 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere (the equivalent of taking 470,000 cars off the road for one year).
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