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 […]

Sun is shining when we walk acrossa a small village in Torotorofotsy. I hear only a pig’s grunt, otherwise it is silent. Midday is slowly changing into afternoon, everybody must be working. As we continue our walk I notice an old couple working in the fields ahead. I am sweating only when standing still, they […]

Helsinki got new exotic residents in July, when five tiny, bright orange hoppers moved to Korkeasaari Zoo. The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) has been cooperating with Korkeasaari Zoo since 2016 to save the critically endagered Golden Mantella, endemic to Madagascar, from extinction. Now the species can be seen for the first time also […]

World Village festival was organized in Helsinki, Finland on 27-28 May 2017. Every year in May the festival gathers artists, various ethnic street food stalls, global and local organizations, politicians and a lot of visitors together to enjoy the multicultural atmosphere in Helsinki. The festival promotes sustainable development and multiculturalism. Also the Finnish Association for […]

Wetlands all over the world offer different kinds of precious ecosystem services for individuals and societies and are among the most productive ecosystems that exist. One of them, a wetland called Torotorofotsy is located in the north-east part of Madagascar. Together with the local Association Mitsinjo, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation is trying to […]

Last Saturday a big group of people gathered together in Andasibe to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Association of Women for Handicraft Menalamba Torotorofotsy. Among the guests were the Mayor of Andasibe and representatives from Regional Office for Tourism of Alaotra Mangoro, National Environmental Associations ANAE and Asity, Gendarmerie and Regional Service for […]

I had the opportunity to join one of our expeditions to the north part of Madagascar last April as a board member of FANC, and also as a passionate wildlife photographer. My trip started in Andasibe, where most of the magic happens with our local partners working with the reforestation and education projects. Moreover, Andasibe […]

When talking about Madagascar, pictures are most often full of ring-tailed lemurs: big-eyed, black and white furry creatures also starring in the well-known kids’ animated movies from a few years back. However, Madagascar is more than that. As a matter of fact, there are about a hundred different species of lemurs alone living on the […]