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Ny Tanintsika

About us

Ny Tanintsika, meaning “Our Land” in Malagasy, was created with support from the Scottish charity “Feedback Madagascar”  with the aim of:

1. Developing a sustainable local model for good governance, accountability, and efficiency.
2. Bridging the gulf of misunderstanding often found between local beneficiaries and foreign NGOs.
3. Developing Malagasy civil society.

Our slogan is “Against Poverty, for Nature”. Ny Tanintsika’s work is focused on three regions (Haute Matsiatra, Vatovavy Fitovinany, and Amoron’i Mania) and around two biodiversity hotspots (the COFAV protected area and the Tapia forest of Amoron’i Mania region).

Community lemur monitors
Lemur observation by young people

Institutional Vision
An NGO that is continually more effective, efficient, and sustainable. A model in Africa.

Our Impact Vision
Healthy people who take charge of their own development, living in harmony with a flourishing
natural world in a fair society.

Ny Tanintsika contributes to reducing poverty and improving sustainable natural resource
management through capacity-building, realisation of socio-economic development activities,
environmental action and the promotion of good governance.

Forest restoration
Checking the work of community lemur monitors

Strategic approaches

Promoting integrated development & conservation activities in priority geographical zones.

Close collaboration with local and traditional authorities, and public services (health, education,
population, water, agriculture and animal husbandry, and environment and forests) for the
coordination and carrying out of activities.

Action-based on training and local capacity-building.

Use of multimedia for awareness-raising; information-education-communication support,
facilitation, and discussion via audio-visual sessions.

Development of a monitoring and evaluation system at all levels.

Tagging where lemurs were observed
Signs prohibiting farming

Our team

Dr. Mahefatiana Ralisata

Project officer

Mahefa leads our forest and lemur conservation work. She has a PhD in Conservation Science & Zoology and has over 15 years of experience in research and protected area management before joining Ny Tanintsika’s team in 2019. She is passionate about protecting Madagascar’s
unique biodiversity.

Nathalie Mamiarilala Ratsimbazafy

Program Assistant

Nathalie provides a support role to Ny Tanintsika’s environment and sustainable livelihoods projects, with a focus on youth mobilization for environmental action, and developing communication supports to get
across important messages for positive behavior change. She has a Masters in Ecosystem Science.

Antsa Randriamanjato

project assistant

A GIS Specialist, Antsa’s work focuses on processing data from community patrollers and lemur monitors, and data analysis and mapping related to forest cover evolution and lemur sightings. He liaises with the various community stakeholders and ensures their capacity-building in data collection and reporting.

François Celestin Rasiarison

Field agent

François specializes in sustainable livelihood support work, notably small-scale fish farming, chicken-rearing, and farming. He is highly mobile across the forest corridor, working with communities to the east and west of it.

Hortense Flavienne Raharilalao

Field agent

Hortense is experienced in community support work – generating enthusiasm around
community-level action plans to address environmental and livelihoods issues.

Olivier Soamandimby

Field agent

Olivier is one of our longest-serving field agents, serving the very remote areas to the east of the rainforest corridor. He is hugely experienced in agroforestry, tree-planting and
forest restoration work, as well as community outreach and mobilization.