Manondroala mapping project makes great progress with small resources. This spring’s donated equipment found their new homes in mapping teams.
Finnish Association for Nature Conservation collected several equipment from private donators for Manondroala’s forest conservation project in Madagascar. Especially digital cameras, backpacks, tents and other trekking equipment were needed to be brought to the teams during this spring’s visit to Madagascar. The donation campain succeeded better than expected, and dozens of good quality backpacks, sleeping bags, raingear and cameras got piled up in FANC’s office in Helsinki. More equipment kept appearing until the last minute, and some had to be left to wait for the next voyage in autumn.
Mapping teams in all of our three mapping sites, Andasibe, Manombo and Ranomafana, were really delighted to receive the desired aid, and sent theirgreetings to the donators in Finland. The equipment were conveyed for those in greatest need. All the raingear went for Manombo team, who were lacking pretty much all equipment. Mapping conditions during the cyclone period canget really moist… Large backpacks, sleeping bags and tents were brought to Mitsinjo’s team in Andasibe as their mapping work includes typically more several-day-long hikes. Each mapping team received one camera, which are going to be in a very important role in documentation.
We all in Manondroala are very happy, that people have wanted to be involved by giving away their old but functioning gear to facilitate and enable conserving the unique nature of Madagascar. The need for equipment did not end here, and more stuff is brought for the teams next autumn. In other words, you still have the change to give your support for the project by, at the same time, adding some space to your apartment!