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First months of Manondroala 2 project – short review

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 […]

The mid-term evaluation of the project Torotorofotsy – what has been achieved and what can be improved?

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 […]

Manondroala 2 – Empowering co-operation of government and civil society in forest protection in Madagascar

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 […]

Visit to the future home of Korkeasaari Zoo’s golden mantellas

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 […]

Torotorofotsy wetland – the future dream destination for nature and bird enthusiasts

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 […]

Volunteer’s greetings from Andasibe

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 […]

Looking to the future: The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Torotorofotsy project

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 […]

Volunteer’s greetings from Finland!

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 […]

Biodiversity conservation and social development in Torotorofotsy

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 […]

Golden Mantellas are finally here!

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 […]