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GEPOMAY to help wet meadows

In Mayotte, GEPOMAY is seeking to restore the wet meadows, the fragile feeding sites of the Madagascar pond heron. To do this, a botanical and hydrogeological study is underway for each of the places concerned.

Ambato wet meadow © Florent BIGNON / LPO

The wet meadows in Mayotte
Wet meadows are special wetlands, influenced by regular flooding of fresh or brackish water. In Mayotte, they are located on Grande Terre, often in the mangrove hinterland. They are characterized by the presence of specific vegetation, which attracts many insects and birds.

The Madagascar pond heron loves these environments and has made them their favorite feeding sites. But the wet meadows are regressing: drying out for the cultivation of food plots, the expansion of dream or banana crops, the invasion by exotic plant species threaten these spaces. We must act quickly to preserve these fragile biotopes.

In Mayotte, Life BIODIV’OM plans to restore and protect certain meadows as a priority, because they represent a habitat of choice for the Madagascar pond heron.

The study
To carry out the restoration of wet meadows, a feasibility study based on botanical and hydrogeological research is underway. The two priority sites are Malamani and Ambato, where restoration will take place before the end of 2020.
Restoration will initially consist of uprooting dreams, bananas and an invasive exotic species (Senna alata). In a second step, the grazing will be favored to allow the prairie vegetation to take over.

To find out more about the actions carried out by GEPOMAY for the protection of the Madagascar pond heron in Mayotte as part of LIFE BIODIV’OM, it’s HERE