Responsible Land Policy (ProPFR)


In Madagascar, land resources and forests are equally scarce – despite the fact that the world’s largest island is sparsely populated (1.7 times the size of Germany, with only 24 million inhabitants). About two-thirds of Madagascar’s population rely on (inefficient) subsistence agriculture, while an emerging trend for international large-scale investment heralds land-grabbing and heightened land use competition.

Compounding the problem, existing land rights are far from secure (especially for the poorest segments of society), and exclusive state-ownership of forest resources fails to be backed up with good forest governance. However, the nexus of tenure security and sustainable rural development is increasingly being understood, as exemplified by Madagascar’s recent National Development Plan (2015-2019).

ECO Consult has a long track-record of promoting pro-poor sustainable forest management in Madagascar, both as a pace-maker for integrated rural development and a climate-smart source of energy. This experience will be put to use in pursuit of the current project’s goal: Improve the rural population’s access to land in the region of Boeny, as a precondition for sustainable valorization of forest landscapes and with particular emphasis on women and marginalized groups. 

Jointly with her partners, ECO will implement three core-processes, geared towards realizing tangible benefits through sustainable forest management by local stakeholders: (i) mainstreaming of improved land-administration procedures and protocols, (ii) sustainable valorisation of forest resources, and (iii) empowerment of local stakeholders for more effective participation on a regional scale.

Practical demonstration and generation of tangible benefits (provisioning of forest prodcuts, income, employment and enhancement of ecosystem services) are top of the agenda. To this end, pilot villages and demonstration sites are carefully selected, for practical demonstration, capacity development and subsequent upscaling. Practical experience, lessons learnt and "success stories" will be conceptualised as contributions to the forest and land policy dialogue at regional and national levels, thereby creating evidence-based decision-making aids for administrators and policy decision makers.

On those sites as have already been provided with secure tenure rights the population will be accompanied in how to further develop selected value chains of timber and non-timber forest products, in close cooperation with the PAGE programme equally implemented by ECO.

Time span
2017 – 2021   

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

In cooperation with
GOPA Consultants
Land Resources

Individual land titles help combat land degradation

ECO Consult has assisted the transfer of use rights on several hundred thousands of hectares of previously state owned forests to private user groups. Out of various schemes, RVI (individual community-based afforestation) has proven a particularly interesting model in an African context. At UNCCD COP 11, in Windhoek Dr. Steve Sepp presented results from Madagascar. More...

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