PHCF2 - Holistic Conservation Programme for Forests in Madagascar (Phase 2)

January 2013
May 2018
Project cost
4 500 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Agroecology Spatial Planning Biodiversity Climate Forest Market REDD+


Pink peppercorn Coffee Clove Honey Rice Vanilla

Main goals

Phase 2 aims at extending and enhancing the results achieved during the first phase on two sites :

  • COMATSA : 225 000 ha part of Sava, Diana and Sofia regions, up North next to Sambava.
  • Beampingaratsy : 55 000 ha part of Anosy region and close to Fort-Dauphin (South).

Specific objectives

  • Reinforcement of conservation activities initiated in PHCF 1.
  • Reinforcement of alternative, sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Continue project activities via carbon funding and contribute to national REDD+ strategy.


1350 agricultural households 1100 ha of forests


R1. Both protected areas (NAP) are best handled
R2. Agricultural practices are improved and diversified
R3. Carbon credits generate additional income for people


A1. Sustain the two new protected areas (NAP) and the 54 transfer of their Natural Resources Management (TGRN) by supporting local Communities (COBA) committed to forest management (reforestation / restoration activities) :training on associative management and financial management, implementation of participative ecological monitoring, tracking of timber permits.
A2. Follow-up monitoring and secure land : reforestation of 575 ha during PHCF I. Initiate reforestation on an additional 300 hectares of land by COBAs.
A3. Support the implementation of 320 ha from the ecological restoration plan.
A4. Support COBAs in agricultural land's planning and management via 34 planning and management plans and the establishment of 3 tenure offices that allows land tenure.
A5. Training of 1,350 households for agro-ecological techniques, representing 1/3 of COBAs' households.
A6. Sustainably convert 600 ha of agricultural areas next to deforestation fronts : establishment of dispersed pilote plots, soil fertilization management, agroforestry development, etc.
A7. Eco-intensive rice cultivation in the shallows (SRI-SRA), in order to optimize irrigation structures built during PHCF I.
A8. Recognizing the most relevant cash crops, by site : vanilla, clove, pink pepper, litchi, citrus fruits, sesame, etc.
A9. Continue accounting carbon that started during Phase I via the publication of scientific articles and two additional thesis (on remote sensing and soil carbon).
A10. Drafting and review of two REDD+ project documents for each site, authorizing carbon credit marketing to ensure the sustainability and continuity of field activities.

Related documents

Scientific publication
Spatial Planning, Degradation-Restoration, Modeling, Remote sensing

Thesis - "Suivi et modélisation des changements d’usage des terres et stocks de carbone dans les sols et les arbres dans le cadre de la RED…

Clovis Grinand
Scientific publication
Spatial Planning, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Estimating deforestation in tropical humid and dry forests in Madagascar from 2000 to 2010 using multi-date Landsat satellite images and th…

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Scientific publication
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Estimating temporal changes in soil carbon stocks at ecoregional scale in Madagascar using remote-sensing - International Journal of Applie…

C. Grinand, G. Le Maire, G. Vieilledent, H. Razakamanarivo, T. Razafimbelo, M. Bernoux
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Forecasting deforestation and carbon emissions in tropical developing countries facing demographic expansion: a case study in Madagascar -…

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Human and environmental controls over aboveground carbon storage in Madagascar

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A universal approach to estimate biomass and carbon stock in tropical forests using generic allometric models - Ecological applications

Vieilledent G., Vaudry R., Andriamanohisoa S.F.D., Rakotonarivo O.S., Randrianasolo H., Razafindrabe H.N., Bidaud Rakotoarivony C., Ebeling J., Rasamoelina M.
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A universal airborne LiDAR approach for tropical forest carbon mapping - Oecologia

Gregory P. Asner, Joseph Mascaro, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Ghislain Vieilldent, Romuald Vaudry, Maminiaina Rasamoelina, Jefferson S. Hall, Michiel van Breugel
Scientific publication
Climate, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Estimation of carbon storage in Madagascar soils

Grinand, C., Rajaonarivo, A., Bernoux, M., Pajot, V., Brossard, M., Razafimbelo, T.M., Albrecht, A., Le Marthret, H.
Project report
Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+

Summary of Project Document Design (PDD) of REDD Beampingaratsy project according to VCS (Verified Carbon) and CCB (Climate, Community & Bi…

Marie Noutier, Matthieu Tiberghien, Clovis Grinand, Mathieu Baehrel
Project report
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Beampingaratsy REDD project - Famintinana ireo tombontsoa azo avy amin’ny tetikasa

Marie Noutier, Matthieu Tiberghien, Clovis Grinand, Mathieu Baehrel

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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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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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