The Next Generation of Environmental Stewards in Andasibe

Some nice photos this week from our September 2015 Environmental Education program, featuring students from the Secondary School participating in a four week long course about forests, frogs, and lemurs. Below Mad Randrianasolo, Head of Conservation, explains about the process of reforestation at our largest tree nursery in Farahevitra.

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P4GES Workshop Hosted at Mitsinjo

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Can paying for ecosystem services reduce poverty in Madagascar? This is the question the P4GES Project hopes to answer through their three year research initiative involving scientists from the UK, Madagascar, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Mitsinjo's President Jean Noel Ndriamiary with a P4GES research team conducting an  infiltration experiment in degraded vegetation west of Analamazaotra Forest.

Mitsinjo’s President Jean Noel Ndriamiary with a P4GES research team conducting an infiltration experiment in degraded vegetation west of Analamazaotra Forest.

We were pleased to be able to host their recent workshop in Andasibe September 16-18. The various research teams were able to meet at our office and share some of their work conducted so far, not only among each other but also with Mitsinjo’s collaborative staff.

P4GES Hydrology team demonstrating their closed canopy weather station in Mitsinjo forest.

P4GES Hydrology team demonstrating their closed canopy weather station in Mitsinjo forest.

Although the workshop for P4GES took place in Andasibe, the project’s focal area is the entire Ankeniheny-Zahamena Forest Corridor (CAZ). The project is supported by ESPA, a research initiative that provides support to investigate how ecosystems function and their benefit to communities in developing countries.

The BBC, Back Again

We are pleased to host the BBC at Mitsinjo this August. For an upcoming series on the evolutionary history of islands and the endemic flora and fauna found on these isolated lands, a film crew worked with our Association to capture these unique stories and the science behind them.

BBC at Mitsinjo in 2009

We prepared teas with medicinal plants, filmed bats and leaf-tailed geckos, and discussed amphibian conservation and research, including the work being done to protect Andasibe’s frogs at our amphibian survival assurance center.

BBC at Mitsinjo

This was not the first time BBC had chosen Mitsinjo as their go-to in Madagascar. Previously we had worked with BBC’s film crews to contribute to:

The 2011 series focusing on Madagascar also featured many shots taken in Mitsinjo’s forests. We are pleased to have the BBC here once again, though we suspect it won’t be the last time and are looking forward to future opportunities to work together.

An Amphibian Training Abroad – Mitsinjo with Durrell

What’s it like to leave Madagascar and spend a month at Jersey Zoo with Durrell? One of our amphibian technicians recently wrote about this experience and her time training April-May 2015.

“One month has gone by already, it was very quick! I`m very satisfied and proud, going back to my country with the large knowledge I have gotten from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. I’ll be sure to apply it to our amphibian conservation program in Andasibe Madagascar.”

Way to go Mampionona and thank you Durrell! The full blog post and more photos of the exchange can be seen here.

Tonga soa e! Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the shiny new website for the Association Mitsinjo. Over the coming weeks we will slowly fill this site with lots of information about our environmental activities, services and of course, the spectacular wildlife of the protected forests managed by the Association Mitsinjo.

The Indri, Madagascar's largest lemur and protected inhabitant of the Mitsinjo forest.

The Indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur and protected inhabitant of the Mitsinjo forest. But we’re about more than just lemurs!!

Whether you are a curious traveller, scientist, conservationist or naturalist we hope that you’ll find our Association and this humble website a valuable resource.  We hope you can visit!

Misaotra betsaka!

The Association Mitsinjo team.