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Ambassador Pierangelo Meets with Minister of Decentralization and Territorial Planning
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February 9, 2024

Land tenure security is critical to the sustainable economic development of Madagascar and the protection of its natural resources and biodiversity. U.S. Ambassador Claire Pierangelo and Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie Arnold met today with new Minister of Decentralization and Territorial Planning Naina Andriantsitohaina to discuss revitalizing bilateral cooperation in land tenure security and land reforms to benefit both the Malagasy people and the environment.
Having land tenure security and the associated legal rights to land and natural resources incentivizes communities to participate in biodiversity conservation and really engage in sustainable land
use practices.
Ambassador Pierangelo reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to support equitable access to land and sustainable natural resource management through marine spatial planning, sensitization on land rights and responsibilities, and harmonization of land planning practices in communities.
So far, the U.S. government, through USAID activities, has supported the issuance of over 14,000 land tenure certificates by opening land tenure offices in regions of critical biodiversity.