September 2012

Conservation benefit: Propagation and planting of 5,000 trees in the community’s 988-acre protected area

Community benefit: Library for Seacology-funded primary school

In 2010, Seacology signed an agreement with the people of Antanandava, adjacent to the Makirovana-Tsihomanaomby Forest in northeast Madagascar. Seacology funded construction of two classrooms for the local primary school, and in return the inhabitants of Antanandava agreed not to clear the forest for crops during the next 15 years. The new classroom block was completed and furnished in 2011, and since then has served about 330 students daily. The demand is so great that students attend the school in two sittings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), which promotes the community-based conservation of Makirovana-Tsihomanaomby Forest, facilitated this agreement. MBG personnel still monitor the forest to ensure that the agreement is respected. MBG also worked with the local US Peace Corps volunteer to construct a well in the schoolyard.

Now, Seacology has agreed to provide funding to add a modest library and reading space to the school. The walls, seating areas and doors will be painted with bright designs that promote reading and enjoying books. (MBG will look to other funders for grants to buy books.) In return, the people of Antanandava will provide an additional conservation benefit. Following discussions with MBG’s staff, they propose to propagate 5,000 native tree seedlings and plant them on abandoned cropland in the protected area. MBG will ensure that the library is built and used, and that the conservation commitment of the local community is honored.

Project Updates
March 2015
This building, next door to the Seacology-funded school, has been completed and is being used by village children. During the rainy season, at least, it will serve as a classroom for the...
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January 2015
This building has been recently completed and furnished. The project was delayed partly as a result of logistical difficulties—for example, getting materials to the site was difficult because it...
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June 2014
Construction will be completed by the end of June 2014. Approximately 800 of the 6,000 trees in the nursery have been planted.
February 2014
The implementation of the project has had various difficulties, including the fact that transportation of materials was delayed due to coinciding with a period of field work (maintenance and...
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