Lake Alaotra and its surrounding marshes are home to a great number of aquatic birds and more than 13 species of mammals, amongst them the endemic lemur species of this region - the Alaotran gentle lemur. The increasing human population of the region is also depending on the lake and its natural resources. The marshy habitat is being destroyed and transformed into rice fields at a very high pace, threatening the survival of this unique lemur.
The goals of this project are mainly to involve the local population in the care and concern of its natural resources. In the long term this helps to conserve the natural marshy habitat for the people of the region and for a self-sustainable population of the Alaotran gentle lemur. To achieve these goals MHRN operates on different levels:
Module Nature Tourism:
By bringing nature tourism to the village of Andreba at the lakeshore, MHRN enhances the awareness of the importance of natural environment through alternative incomes for the community.
MHRN has developed a comic book dealing with environmental and conservational issues of the region. This book is distributed in primary schools around the lake.
Module Water Hyacinth:
MHRN aims to implement uses for the water hyacinth in daily life; such as manufacturing of weaving products or as an alternative to charcoal.
For more pictures of Andreba and the project, visit the MHRN picture gallery.