Development policy, project plans and objectives are important issues, but why not change the focus every now and then? We think it is time to pay attention to people who put the plans into practice and get things done in the field. So let us introduce to you two members of our local staff in […]

Late in 2018 FANC and our Finnish-Malagasy Manondroala 2 team got information that we have received funding for 4 years from Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland to start our new project Manondroala 2 – Empowering co-operation of government and civil society in forest protection in Madagascar. Now we would like to share what have […]

Up and down we go, between trees and bushes and through dense vegetation. In some places, our guides have to use sharp machetes to open the way. We are walking in Mitsinjo Park, but this is not an ordinary tourist hike. A group of project coordinators and Mitsinjo’s forest experts is mapping out sites that […]

The project Torotorofotsy has been going on already for four years since its starting in 2015. A lot has been done during this time to preserve the endangered wetland nature. It’s time to see what effects the project has had so far and what the future looks like. The project’s mid-term evaluation of the second […]

Right before Christmas last year, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) and its local partners in Madagascar received great news from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland: our new project, Manondroala 2 – Empowering co-operation of government and civil society in forest protection in Madagascar, received funding for four following years. The funding […]

There is a place in the fokontany of Menalamba near the Torotorofotsy wetland where golden mantellas used to thrive. Then destruction came. People who moved to Torotorofotsy in search of agricultural land, began to cut down trees in the surrounding forest and burn them to clear the area for cultivation. There was also illegal logging […]

Large crowds of tourists visiting Madagascar have already found Andasibe, a biodiversity hotspot at a convenient distance from the capital Tana and international airport, and national parks and private forest reserves around it. Local people living close to Torotorofotsy, a wetland designated of international importance under Ramsar Convention, have hope that tourists will find this […]

It was at the beginning of January when the news and weather forecasts started to talk about a tropical depression that was developing in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. The disturbance was expected to intensify into the first named cyclone of the season 2017-2018. It would land at the end of the first week […]

The UN Sustainable Development Goals lie at the very heart of the Torotorofotsy project. Especially goals concerning halting biodiversity loss and land degradation as well as climate change mitigation are driving the project. Here we tell how FANC’s Torotorofotsy project is working towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals […]

In Finland, the days are getting shorter and colder when the end of the year is coming closer.  Therefore, I thought it is a good time to look back the present year and my first year as a volunteer for Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and the development projects in Madagascar. I started the volunteering […]