Few places on earth can rival the scale of wetland destruction witnessed in Madagascar.
In the past 60 years, as much as 60% of Madagascar's wetlands have been destroyed.
It all starts with the world’s rarest duck: the Madagascar pochard (or ‘Mad Poch’ as we affectionately call it). Twice declared extinct, a small population – of some 20-25 Mad Poch – was discovered at the remote Lake Matsaborimena in northwest Madagascar in 2006.
But, because it is formed from a volcanic crater, the depth of Matsaborimena is too great for Mad Poch chicks to dive and feed. Ducklings often starve before they are old enough to hatch their own young. A new home is needed.
WWT scoured Madagascar to find a site able to support Mad Poch. And we found it at Lake Sofia – the most intact remnant of the once vast wetlands of Bealanana in north Madagascar. We need to act now. With the pace of destruction it will be too late in 5 years to save Lake Sofia.
But the lives of more than 6,000 people depend on fishing & farming around Lake Sofia, so it’s not possible to tackle the threat to the Mad Poch unless we address the fragile balance between the needs of wetlands, wildlife & people.
To save the Mad Poch, its future habitat must be safeguarded. To achieve that will mean ensuring that the people of Lake Sofia – and beyond – can work together to secure a future for their home and families for generations to come.
To achieve 5 mission objectives
Bring the Mad Poch back from the brink
Stop over-harvesting and erosion
Stop the descent of wetland into wasteland
Prevent environmental destruction through people power
Change lives for generations to come
Read more about how WWT and its partners are working to save the Madagascar pochard and the wetlands it depends upon here