A small delegation of Naturevolution is currently in Madagascar, before making choices in our project of creating protected area, we want to enrich advice from other NGOs with similar projects in the field. manandnature.org), We found essential to understand what was implemented in the specific context of one of their major project.
The project began in 2002-2003 Vohimana the initiative of Olivier Behra and Dimby, both herpetologists and fell in love with the area they studied.
Despite strong rivalry that existed between the villages at the beginning, development activities have helped bring the villages and create a management committee which sits in the NGOs as well as representatives of associations and village representatives.
In a few figures to date:
- 300 families live in the area
- 70 people cultivate ginger for the extraction of essential oils
- 16 nurserymen cultivate more than 30,000 plants per year
- 150 planters help with reforestation
- 300 ha of indigenous species have been planted for the production of essential oils
- 2 stills have been installed in 2 different villages, they run continuously all year round
- more than 100 collectors collect and transport the leaves all year round to the stills
- 3 eco-tourist guides have been trained and welcome tourists
- 1 family takes care of the reception in the park
- more than 200 tourists visit and stay on the site each year
- 80 women supply the consignment shop with handicrafts (basketwork, sewing) and are trained in the workshop
Our visit began with the health center in which continuous, there is a midwife, a midwife and a doctor (all 3 are Tana).
The main diseases encountered in this area are:
- acute diarrhea
- respiratory problems (charcoal burners, humid climate)
There are on average 3-4 deliveries per month for about 1600 people.
In addition to the health center is the home of women which includes the deposit craft sale (local sale and export) and the workshop in which there weekly trainings and courses weaving, basketry.
For the distillation of essential oils, the premises are trained for each still, there is a local official.
All seedlings used for reforestation and tree plantations used for the extraction of essential oils are produced in nurseries located in the area.
The day was rich, a big thank you to Saroy Mamy and for their valuable advice and for sharing with us their experience so nicely.