The purpose of this project is to take immediate action to secure the remaining habitat for the species. The ASG, CI and Man and the Environment set out to identify the core habitat for this species with a view to the creation of a new protected area for the species.
Surveys conducted by Conservation International in March 2008 demonstrated that the mountain of Fohisokina is an ideal protection site for Mantella cowanii, containing a stable population of this species. Rivers in the valley surrounding the mountain offer a natural boundary to demarcate the site.
Reforestation of the area will be started as soon as possible, with tangible benefits to the local communities, including prevention of fire and protection of water quality in the rivers in the valley basin. The project will also provide economic benefits from scientists and tourists visiting the small site for several days at a time to study the Mantella species.
The NGO Man and the Environment (MATE) will formalize the management contract for the protected area following the negotiations with local stakeholders and government officials.