The Torotorofotsy Wetlands lie immediately to the east of the Mine and cover 10,064 ha of wetlands, forest and other habitats. In 2006, Torotorofotsy was classified as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. We support local community associations by reinforcing management capacity and sharing activities that help stop marsh transformation and degradation. The day-to-day management of the Torotorofotsy Wetlands is done by Asity Madagascar, the Torotorofotsy protected area site manager (an affiliate of BirdLife International, the world leader in bird conservation) and supported by Ambatovy. Works conducted by Asity enable Ambatovy to gain an understanding of the range of biodiversity within the wetlands.
The success of Torotorofotsy as an offset site and the sustainability of its protection status will only be successful with the participation of the communities surrounding it, and we are working closely with local communities to promote community level participation in the conservation and management activities. We also work with these communities on income generating activities in order to alleviate the community members’ pressure on forest resources and promote environmental resource management.