Favini and Madagascar

28 Apr

Posted in Sustainability Channel

2020 is the year of forests, 12 months to remember the importance of trees in the fight against climate change and in defining sustainable consumption strategies. It is essential that, in addition to reforestation campaigns, there are actions aimed at preserving existing forests. [1]

In fact, 2019 was the second hottest year since 1800. A significant statistic that focuses attention on actions to combat climate change: One of the fundamental aspects on which to act is specifically the protection and reforestation of the green areas of the Planet. [2]

With sustainable management, trees and forests can make a vital contribution to the Planet.

Forests contribute positively to the fight against climate change: They retain CO2, the main cause of our planet’s overheating, partially compensating the emissions produced by human activity, the forests can also influence the water and rainfall cycle, as well as to limit the damage from hydrogeological instability and protect biodiversity. [2]

The new forest advancements

According to the reforestation plan of the Voiala project in Madagascar, villagers will be engaged in clearing the ground from invasive grasses, also in soil fertilisation using manure and in the physical planting of local species that are to be reintroduced.

The seedlings are grown initially in the nurseries and then taken to the reforestation areas for planting.

The nursery with “Toona” seedlings, an indigenous plant that reaches 12m and is used to make boundaries on planting or as an ornamental plant for courtyards.

Voiala’s main activities during the first quarter of 2020 were: to create the planting holes in preparation for the reforestation sites in Madagascar, have the official opening of the 2020 reforestation campaign and the transportation and placement of the young plants.

Members of the local communities are primarily responsible for creating the holes where the seedlings that were grown in the nurseries are to be planted; these holes are spaced approximately 2.5 and 3 meters from each other.

Another species that is grown in nurseries and then planted in the reforestation areas of the island is Acacia Mangium.

In the first few months of 2020, reforestation campaigns took place in the villages of Marokoazy and Ambalamarina.

The seedlings from the nursery are transported by the volunteers and technicians of the Voiala project to the reforestation sites.

Just now the reforestation activities have almost ended and new trees have been planted in an area of about 25.60 hectares.

The day of reforestation in the villages of Marokoazy and Ambalamarina.

Arline, Tanjona, Haja, Andry, Tovo, Sahondra, Samuel and Frédérique are part of the Voiala volunteers, technicians and managers who participated in the recent reforestation days and work on the project in Madagascar.

Voiala managers are also active in the Slow Food Foundation for biodiversity’s 10,000 Gardens in Africa project. The community and school gardens allow the communities involved in Madagascar to produce and consume fresh and diverse local products, as well as educating young people in agrobiology diversity.

Favini for Reforestation and Biodiversity Protection in Madagascar

Favini, on its path of sustainable development, includes the reduction of energy consumption, the saving of water resources and CO2 emissions and it has been involved since 2009 in a multi-year project in favour of reforestation and support for the population in Madagascar.

Come and find out more about Voiala in the Environmental Projects section of the Sustainability Channel and download all the quarterly reports.

The Voiala project, with which Favini has been collaborating since 2009, is a microcosm of local community actions aimed, on the one hand, at recreating and protecting the heavily exploited natural resources of the African island, and on the other hand at raising awareness and training the locals to improve their agricultural methods.


You can download the reports from Madagascar and the latest update for the first quarter of 2020 in the Environmental Projects section of our Sustainability Channel.


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[1] “Il 2020 anno delle foreste: occorre piantare e proteggere gli alberi

[2] “2020 anno delle foreste. FSC: piantare alberi e valorizzare quelle esistenti

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