|How many fruits a baobab tree can have?|
|Written by Daudet Andriafidison|
|Saturday, 29 August 2015 05:33|
And how many baobabs are there? These are among the key questions Madagascar need answers to for defining a sustainable harvesting model for baobab fruits. To contribute answering these questions and already prepare the field for such harvesting, Madagasikara Voakajy team spent 51 days in Menabe Region in June and July 2015.
Here are their first thoughts on their return:
We worked within the Kirindy-Mitea National Park, at two community-managed areas outside the park (Betainkilotsy and Bepeha) and at four sites without conservation management (Antevamena, Befasy, Misokitse and Andoviagna). We established 40 monitoring plots with a total of 700 baobab trees (mostly Adansonia grandidieri). Only 58% of these baobabs had flowers and/or fruit during our visit. Nonetheless, it was still early in the season. We will return to the field in late September for further monitoring.
The two community-managed areas were created by the Direction Régionale de l’Environnement, de l’Ecologie, de la Mer et des Forêts in Menabe (DREEMF Menabe) with support from Madagasikara Voakajy. During this trip, a training for all the members of the community-based organizations was held in each village, to follow-up what they achieved since their creation, and enhance their knowledge and awareness of the roles, responsibilities and benefits of this management contract. Staff from DREEMF Menabe provided this training and people participated actively. In Betainkilotse, the training was held under the tamarin tree where children are attending school during the year. We’ll have to sort this out!!!
Insecurity issues in the Region (dahalo) were ongoing during our fieldwork. We are grateful to all the villagers, local partners and authorities for advising us on the best approach to keep us safe.
This work is supported by The Global Trees Campaign (http://globaltrees.org/).