Biodiversity and Forest Habitat Management Program

Dr. Brian Fisher presents a photo of the newly discovered ant species, "Tetramorium ambatovy", to Ambatovy’s President

Ambatovy has undertaken the management of large forested areas as biodiversity offsets. These include forests around the Mine area known as the Mine conservation forests, other sites contiguous with the Mine conservations forests, and a large forest offsite area called the Ankerana offset.

The conservation forests around the Mine consist primarily of ‘zonal’ or dense humid mid-altitude forests typical of the region amounting to 3,500 ha. Conservation of these forests is underpinned by a land lease awarded to Ambatovy by the Government, which grants Ambatovy the mandate to manage the forests effectively. Around the periphery of the Mine conservation forests, Ambatovy supports community-based management of the surrounding mosaic of forest and agricultural land through a series of transfer contracts signed by the government, community, municipal authorities, and Ambatovy.

In 2012, a new ant species was discovered in one of the offset areas and was named Tetramorium Ambatovy. The name, bestowed by Dr. Brian Fisher of the California Academy of Sciences, was in recognition of Ambatovy’s efforts in biodiversity conservation. Read the press release here

In addition, Ambatovy is actively supporting the management of the Torotorofotsy wetland, a wetland of international importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, and the establishment of a new, protected forest area between Analamay, the northern part of the Mine area and Mantadia National Park.