PHCF1 - Holistic Conservation Programme for Forests in Madagascar (Phase 1)

January 2008
May 2012
Project cost
5 000 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Agroecology Spatial Planning Biodiversity Climate Forest REDD+ Remote sensing


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Main goals

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and increasing forest carbon stocks (+)

Specific objectives

  • Forest conservation and development
  • Carbon accounting
  • Reinforcement of sustainable alternative practices


Local population Malagasy State Scientific community


R1. Potential of Emission reduction of 35 millions tons of CO2 eq by 2030 for our 5 sites
R2. Protection of the island’s biodiversity by reducing the rate of deforestation and forest degradation
R3. Preservation and restoration of the ecological services offered by forest ecosystems (protection of soil and groundwater)
R4. Public awareness on the climate change and the sustainable management of forests actions
R5. Improved quality of life in local communities through the diversification of agricultural products and better yields
R6. Job creation: use of many different subcontractors with expertise in a variety of areas (agricultural infrastructure, literacy, ecological inventories, etc.)
R7. Capacity building at the institutional and university levels (acquisition of equipment, transfer of skills)


A1. The project involved a total area of over 500,000 hectares comprising both moist and spiny forest, on 5 different sites
A2. Raise public awareness on effects of climate change
A3. Promote alternatives to the agriculture based on slash-and-burn practices
A4. Create 350,000 hectares of protected areas
A5. Transfer management of natural resources to local communities, involving 205,000 hectares
A6. Restore 30,000 hectares of fragmented forest
A7. Reforest 3,000 hectares of land for energy purposes
A8. To advance knowledge, nationally: to help define Madagascar’s REDD+ policy
A9. To advance knowledge, internationally: to contribute to the ongoing debates on methodologies
A10. To test many different tools and methodologies which led to the publication of several scientific articles (see above)

Related people

GIS, Remote Sensing and Carbon Project Manager / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Fety Abel Rakotomalala

Currently a PhD student, he holds a DEA of Physics, specialised in "geophysics, remote sensing and GIS" from the Faculty of Sciences of Antananarivo in Madagascar (IOGA). He brings his expertise to the impacts of deforestation, above-ground biomass mapping and scenario development of carbon emissions

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Project Manager / France

Clovis Grinand

PhD in Functional Ecology and Agronomic Sciences (SupAgro, IRD and CIRAD) and specialized in Localized Information Systems for Spatial Planning (AgroParisTech), he is an expert in land use change monitoring using remote sensing, digital soil mapping and spatial modeling applied to forestry, agronomy and landscape ecology. He is the author of numerous international scientific publications.

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Matthieu Tiberghien

Holder of a Master's degree in Management from the Paris-Dauphine University and a Master in "Social Policies and Planning in developing Countries" from the London School of Economics, he brings his expertise in project building and project management in renewable energy, REDD+, technical engineering, economic and financial due diligence, business development, strategic partnerships, fundraising and human ressources management

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