As part of our commitment to responsible travel and in conjunction with your local partners, we finance a tree nursery and orchard in Italavina – which is a long term reforestation project.
By supporting the conservation of the rainforest, we can encourage the authorities to recognise the potential of wildlife tourism and photographic safaris, ensuring the protection of this unique environment. You will be issued with instructions as to how you can help to preserve the environment and we hope that you will follow our advice to help make a difference.
Following on from an ongoing commitment to reforestation in Madagascar, in 2011 we launched a long term reforestation project in Tsarasoa. This year we continue to invest in a new long term project, the official project being launched in May 2011.
For this trip a part of the payment will directly go to the reforestation project, because for every client booked, we finance one tree per day per client. All our clients are helping to fund a reforestation project in Italavina.
Together with our local agent on this trip, Gilles, and his team will give you a personal and knowledgeable insight of the region. Gilles is very active in reforestation and since 2008 has raised funds for over 1/2 million trees to be planted. Our local staff accompanying this expedition will give you a real sense of Madagascan culture. We only use Malagasy guides, pay all staff fair wages and treat everybody on the trip, including staff, with equal respect and we expect you to do the same. It is principally wildlife tourism that brings people to Madagascar and by using local businesses and services we can inject much needed capital into the local economy. On this expedition we are following a responsible camping procedure which leaves no negative evidence of our presence. We stay in small towns and villages interacting with the locals.
We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school in Italavina. We are now in the process of planting (and nurturing) a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school. We plan for the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2014/2015 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc.) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events. We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients traveling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.