The Antsanitia Site is a vital mangrove estuary that needs long-term protection and restoration. The project site is located along the northwest coast of Madagascar, 15 miles north of the regional capital of Mahajanga. The project area has a deep-water mangrove estuary that opens to the sea surrounded by large swaths of mangrove forests. The estuary is a vital fish nursery for the surrounding ocean and barrier reefs and is an important fishing ground for local Malagasy. It is abundant in giant barracuda, mangrove snapper, jacks, trevally, grouper, stingrays, and various other fish. It is also an essential fishery for shrimp, crab, and shellfish and provides habitat to a variety of birdlife.
Charcoal producers and tree poachers have targeted the mangrove channel and forest beyond. Over the last ten years, these threats have had a tremendous impact on the mangrove forest, and it is dwindling quickly. Our planting partners Reforestation Projects Malagasy employees actively plant native mangrove species such as Avicennia marina, Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal, and Bruguiera gymnorrhiza to restore the estuary. So far, Our plantings partners Projects has planted more than four million trees at this site and continues to expand its work every day.