BBC Report from Aqua-Firma Rainforest4Climate Project

A BBC report into a conservation project sponsored by Aqua-Firma's Rainforest4Climate initiative, explains how teenagers in Madagascar are determined to save rainforest and wildlife through sustainable farming.

Their efforts, inspired by our NGO partners Madagasikara Voakajy and the Rainforest Trust, are helping to protect a beautiful landscape of forests, river valleys and waterfalls; and some fantastic wildlife including Madagascar's largest surviving lemurs, chameleons and the Golden Mantella Frog, which was once thought to be extinct.

You can join us on a special expedition to the area 8th - 15th October 2019, when we bring a mobile safari camp to the reserve. You will be hosted by people leading the way in saving this area; and local researchers on surveys of its wildlife. Trip leader will be Aqua-Firma director and photographer Ralph Pannell, whose earlier career was with the charity Rainforest Concern.

By joining these trips, you will be helping Aqua-Firma to increase its funding of Madagascan forest and wildlife conservation.  As a result of our trip in October 2018, we funded the planting of 2,000 trees. Half of these were native species for building habitat corridors between patches of forest which had become isolated through slash and burn farming. The other half were fruiting trees to help local people,  including teenagers featured in the BBC report, to move to more permanent sustainable agriculture. We will be funding more reforestation this year, as well as helping communities develop income from sustainable ecotourism.

  • Rapping about forest conservation & sustainable farming and agriculture. Photography by Ralph Pannell / Aqua-Firma
  • Indri lemur Mangabe Madagascar forest reserve. Wildlife photography by Ralph Pannell Aqua-Firma
  • Rural Life in Madagascar
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