Priority area Environment Environmental and resource protection

Madagascar's population is expected to double over the next 30 years. This means that pressure on natural resources will grow, and there will be major challenges with regard to food security for the people and with regard to the country's social and economic development.

Farmers harvesting rice

Farmers harvesting rice

Farmers harvesting rice

Madagascar is also one of the countries that are most severely affected by global climate change. It is frequently hit by cyclones, which destroy harvests and cause considerable damage to the country's infrastructure.

Improving people's living conditions through the sustainable use of natural resources is therefore at the heart of development cooperation between Germany and Madagascar.

Germany is helping the Government of Madagascar to reform its environmental and forestry policies and further expand the network of national parks. Among other things, Germany is assisting local user groups in taking on responsibility for the management of protected areas, and it is supporting the development of value chains in the areas of tourism, honey, and timber for construction purposes. Farmers are taught how to prevent erosion and use organic farming methods, and they receive support with regard to the sustainable reforestation of timberland. Advice is also being provided to municipal and regional authorities on land use planning.