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Association Mitsinjo was created in 1999 by the residents of Andasibe village in central Madagascar to cater to the growing number of tourists visiting the region. Now the association has more than 50 members who work for the conservation and sustainable development of the region. Association Mitsinjo manages the forest station at the Analamazoatra Special Reserve, which is part of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, and co-manage the Torotorofotsy Ramsar Site in eastern Madagascar.
Association Mitsinjo's activities
Mitsinjo not only focuses on managing the protected natural resources and conserving biodiversity but also on improving the livelihoods of its members and the people within their community. They have a six-pronged approach:
- Reforestation and rainforest restoration
- Environmental education
- Community-based protection and sustainable agriculture
- Human health and family planning
- Amphibian conservation
- Lemur monitoring
Mitsinjo's objectives and visions
- Protect and permanently manage the natural resources including the biodiversity of flora and fauna for the common and sustainable benefit, and for the future generation.
- Preserve endemic animals and plants to prevent their extinction.
- Improve the lives of community members and the local population.
Mitsinjo's key strategies
- Periodic and permanent patrol services.
- Survey and inventory database on sensitive flora and fauna.
- Collaboration with local and foreign environmental organizations, specialists, experts, universities, donors, and people interested in preserving nature and the development of the population.
- Training and sharing experiences that contribute to local and international workshops.
- Environmental education at schools and sensitive villages.