The pilot village in northeastern Madagascar
Only few percent of the original tropical rainforests in this area remain, encompassing ecosystems where the majority of the local plants and animal are endemic
Loss of biodiversity rich, humid forests in northeastern Madagascar continues unabated, despite several decades of conservation efforts
The remote village of Fizono is situated in the hilly landscape of Northeastern Madagascar at the border of the Masoala National Park that is one of the core zones of protected areas on the island.
While large contiguous forests are restricted to the core zones of protected areas today, smaller forest fragments are dispersed throughout the landscape.
Access to the village is only possible on foot or by motor bike.
Rice production is at the very centre of life in the culture of the Betsimisaraka, the dominant ethnic group in this region. The approximately 3,500 inhabitants of Fizono are also mainly rice farmers. They live from subsistence farming such as irrigated paddy rice in lowlands, rainfed rice in the uplands via shifting cultivation and farming of cash cops.