Conservation of the Toliara Reef Complex

Conservation of the Toliara Reef Complex

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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Dates / Project duration

January 2008 - January 2011 / 37 months

Field of action :

Development of marine protected areas

Branch :


Location :

Toliara Reef Complex, Southwest Coast of Madagascar

Project sponsor(s) :

WWF International



The Toliara Reef Complex consists of many rich habitats, including barrier reefs, fringing reefs, grass weed, mangroves and lagoons. The preliminary results of relatively recent studies carried out along the reef show the significance of increasing pressure by local players, in particular the resident populations, faced with existing socio-economic problems on a daily basis…

The goal of the project is to reinforce activities already undertaken since 2005 and to contribute to setting up a marine protected area. Previous initiatives by the WWF in this area have enabled communal vision to be established for all local players and the sustainable use of living marine resources in the Toliara Reef Complex.