New USAID Environment Projects Will Help Local Communities
Lead The Way on Natural Resources Management
A pair of 5-year projects will support national-level planning and local development in two key regions of Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the United State Agency for International
Development (USAID), has officially launched two new projects benefiting Madagascar’s
environmental sector. The projects – USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy – will focus on
strengthening community-based management of natural resources. USAID Hay Tao will bolster
national-level information, policies and systems, and USAID Mikajy will support local communities in
western and northeastern Madagascar to sustainably manage and benefit from their natural
resources. Both projects are will operate for five years and are worth a combined $45 million USD.
In his remarks,
U.S. Chargé d’Affairs, Stuart Wilson, emphasized that the U.S. Government was:
“thrilled to be relaunching a sizeable program in the environmental sector,” and underlined the
financial and cultural benefits that strong environmental management can bring by drawing parallels
between Madagascar’s unique environment and the United States’ system of national parks.
USAID Madagascar’s Acting Mission Director, Linda Gregory, made the case that Madagascar’s rich
biodiversity can be used for the country’s economic and social growth. “We believe in the concept
that “Biodiversity is development,” she said.
Gregory asserted that local communities must be engaged and must benefit from the proceeds of
their natural resources in order for conservation to be successful. “Simply put, without the support,
participation, and leadership of local communities, we cannot protect these environments,” said
Madagascar’s Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests, Guillaume Venance Randriatefiarison
and the Representative of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources were also on hand to help
launch the projects.
The two projects are the largest parts of USAID’s Conservation and Communities Program, which is
designed to provide environmental protection while simultaneously lifting the fortunes of local
communities by giving them a bigger say in the management of their local resources, promoting
sustainable community development, and creating related jobs.
USAID Hay Tao is the knowledge management portion of CCP and will develop tools and
approaches for community-led development. It will be implemented by Pact, an international
development organization which will lead a consortium of partners, including the World Resources
Institute and the U.S.-based University of Rhode Island – Coastal Resources Center.
USAID Mikajy focuses on two regions rich in biodiversity and economic potential – Menabe in the
west and an area in the northeast consisting of protected rainforest landscapes and seascapes,
anchored by Makira and Masoala Parks and Antongil Bay. Known collectively as MaMaBay. USAID
Mikajy is being implemented by Tetra Tech, with sub-partners including theWildlife Conservation
Society (WCS), the National Cooperative Business Association Cooperative League of the USA
(NCBA-CLUSA), the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), Viamo and
the Multi-Sector Information Service (MSIS).