Mangrove Monitoring System for Pêche Côtière Durable Phase II (PCD II)
Madagascar National Parks / AHT Group
January 2020 – February 2024
Madagascar National Parks (MNP) leads the implementation of Pêche Côtière Durable Phase II (PCD II), collaborating closely with national and international NGOs already established in the area concerned by the project. This collaborative effort ensures the successful execution of five regional sub-projects. The overarching goal is to achieve sustainable management of coastal natural resources, with a specific focus on mangrove ecosystems and the vital services they provide to local communities and populations.
The specific objectives are:
- For local communities to effectively contribute to, and to participate in sustainable EbA (Ecosystem-based Approaches) to coastal natural resource management,
- Thereby improving their socio-economic livelihoods.
Effective Monitoring and Evaluation (MES) is critical to achieving the project’s objectives. This includes ecological monitoring, which assesses the health of ecosystems and biodiversity. Satellite Earth Observation plays a vital role in this process by enabling systematic mapping of mangroves.
Hatfield’s experts developed machine learning models using satellite Earth Observation data to generate mangrove extent, height, and canopy closure products between 2019 and 2023 for the entire western and northeastern coastal zone of Madagascar.
Hatfield built a web portal (https://www.hayhonko.org/) and web map, so that users can visualize the mangrove extent, canopy height, and canopy closure data and can view charts of mangrove extent and gain/loss for administrative units and PCD II project areas.