The Malagasy Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Baomiavotse Vahinala Raharinirina and the Governor of the Analamanga region, Hery Rasoamaromaka, signed a partnership on Monday, 21 December 2020. This agreement marks the start of the installation of a presidential reforestation showcase in Analamanga Park, in the municipality of Ambalavao in the district of Atsimondrano.
As part of the mission of the Malagasy Ministry of the Environment, the reforestation project is one of the bases for preserving environmental well-being. For example, the department plans to plant fast-growing species and fruit trees to revive the soil and further protect the environment. In the press release announcing the Presidential Reforestation Showcase, the Ministry of the Environment states that: ‘Through this project, 5.5 hectares of land will be covered with Paulownia, a fast-growing species that protects the soil and has a carbon sequestration capacity 10 times higher than other species. Paulownia can also be used in the manufacture of furniture and handicrafts.”
In his environmental policy, the Malagasy head of state, Andry Rajoelina, has planned 40,000 hectares of land to be reforested. A figure strongly increased by the Ministry of Environment which plans to operate 75. 000 hectares each year.
The implementation of this project in Analamanga will require 2750 young plants of Paulownia. A research laboratory and a showroom will be dedicated to growing trees in Ambatofotsy.
The Analamanga region is one of 22 regions in Madagascar. Located in the province of Antananarivo, it has 1, 7 million area but only 9% are covered with forests with a exploitable area of 165,000 hectares.However, all these large-scale projects which concern the preservation of the environment, involve a control of the “brush fires which affect 4,000 to 5,000 hectares per year in Analamanga”, says the Minister of the Environment, Baomiavotse Vahinala Raharinirina.