Mitsinjo works for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in Andasibe, Moramanga Sub-Prefecture, Toamasina Province. Mitsinjo's goal is to integrate rural development and biodiversity conservation. That's why we pursue several activities that generate income for the local population and at the same time reduce pressure on the natural resources.
These activities include the promotion of handicraft and ecotourism, agricultural extension, bee-keeping, plantation of fruit trees, and reforestation.
We are working with 400 households in the region centred around two areas of conservation interest – the Analamazaotra Forest Station (700ha) immediately adjacent to the National Park and the Ramsar site of Torotorofotsy (9600ha) 11km from here. Both areas are managed by MITSINJO who has signed corresponding contracts with the Ministry of the Environment, Water and Forests.
We are providing training in agricultural techniques that enable people to stop slash-and-burn agriculture, have higher yields and diversify their produce. For the reforestation we use our own nursery where we grow more than 80,000 seedlings of 100 native tree species.
We are also active in the health sector and family planning and other reproductive health issues. We are distributing mosquito nets and water purification kits, because malaria and diarrhoea are still the number one threats to the health and life of children.
All these activities require money, and although we get some external funding, any additional money coming in is highly welcome.
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