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Lokanga Forest (2022-2024)

The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn as UN Climate Ambassador together with the City of Bonn, Eben!Holz e.V., Zurich Zoo and WCS Madagascar with the support of Engagement Global are working together as cultural pioneers. They are committed to a paradigm shift from the overexploitation of nature to protection and conservation through sustainable use under the motto 'Think global, act local'

In a joint reforestation project, the 'Lokanga Forest' will be created in north-east Madagascar in cooperation with the local people. Over the next two years, 80 hectares of deforested land within the protected areas of the Makira Nature Park will be reforested together with the local population. As part of the project, the naturally occurring tonewoods, in particular the unique ebony and rosewood species used to make musical instruments, are to be planted. 


Approximately 80,000 trees of more than 50 different species have been planted to form the basis for the re-establishment of an intact forest on this area. However, in order to prevent further deforestation of the surrounding forests, it is necessary to ensure that agricultural use is sustainable in the long term. This is the only way to ensure that basic needs are met.



„Lokanga“ refers to a stringed instrument typical of Madagascar.

The Lokanga Forest project is supported by Engagement Global with funds from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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