Finnair is taking part in a development cooperation project in Madagascar launched by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (SLL). The purpose of the development project is to restore the continuous rainforest corridor around Andasibe village in Eastern Madagascar. Andasibe commune inhabits roughly 12,000 people, most of whom are directly dependent on the forest.
By donating points, Finnair Plus members can fund the planting of trees in several degraded areas around the remaining natural forest. For example, with a donation of 1,000 points the Finnair Plus member can participate in the planting of three tree seedlings.
Goal & purpose of the project
Manondroala is a Finnish-Russian-Malagasy cooperation project that aims at protection, restoration and monitoring of natural forests in Madagascar. It is the first development cooperation project that Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is implementing in the global South. The purpose of the project is to develop a method for the conservation of forest fragments in Madagascar, while providing a means of sustainable development for local communities. It aims at creating a system for monitoring the state of forests that, based on satellite images freely available on the Internet, could be easily adopted by local organizations working with limited resources.
Take a closer look at the amazing wildlife of Madagascar and the work of Project Manondroala in Andasibe. Watch the new documentary about the cooperation between FANC and Mitsinjo:
Empowering locals in forest conservation
One of the central weaknesses in earlier forest protection and reforestation attempts in Madagascar has been the inadequate monitoring of forests.
The long term objective of the project is not only to encourage the participants in using and completing the data available on the Internet, but also to develop the method further to match the conditions in other parts of Madagascar and applying it for various purposes, including real-time monitoring and campaigning. Over the following three years, the project aims at creating a detailed map of the state of forests located in the eastern and southern parts of Madagascar – and later a map of the whole island.
Connecting rainforest fragments through reforestation
FANC is working together with a small local association Mitsinjo – based in the vicinity of Andasibe-Mantadia national park – in restoring natural forest around protected areas. Mitsinjo’s goal is to combine biodiversity conservation and rural development. Their method integrates local people and increases their income, while also meets the needs for biodiversity conservation and scientific research. With the support from FANC, Mitsinjo is planting native trees representing more than 60 species. The seeds are collected from Mitsinjo’s own protected forest. In 2012 Mitsinjo produced over 40 000 native tree seedlings in the tree nursery.. Restoration requires a lot of planning as well as physical work, from considering the individual needs of each species to maintaining the sites from invasive alien plant species.
The goal is to connect and expand the remaining forest fragments, which will greatly improve the survival of tens of threatened species in the area, including critically endangered frogs and lemurs. The most emblematic lemur species protected by the project is the Indri, the biggest of all surviving lemurs. In addition to the practical restoration work, Mitsinjo also shares the knowledge of their good practices with other local actors, and educates locals in environmental issues.