Extended drought periods, strong winds due to intensified cyclones and rising sea water are increasingly familiar phenomena in the south of Madagascar.
Read about how a combination of these factors has driven local fishers to seek an alternative livelihood in beekeeping:
Find out how Project Renitantely's is also helping people in Anosy generate extra income through beekeeping:
Established in 2011, 'Club A' is an out-of-school conservation club, run by our passionate team in Sainte Luce.
Covering topics such as deforestation, ecology and threats to the local ecosystems, the idea is to promote understanding and ultimately, encourage the local youth to become ambassadors for their incredible surroundings!
Adopt a tree today and support our conservation teams fantastic outreach work with the future generation of Sainte Luce:
It’s lychee season here in south east Madagascar. Bunches of this delicious fruit, rich in vitamin C, grow atop massive trees throughout the region and are enjoyed by people, lemurs and geckos alike!
Like many fruit trees, lychees rely on pollination by honey bees in order to yield fruit. SEED is helping beekeepers across six rural communities combat pests and diseases so they can have healthy bees that pollinate crops!
Find out more about Project Renitantely here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely
To celebrate both #WorldSoilDay AND #InternationalVolunteerDay our conservation volunteers are doing their bit helping with Project Ala!
They have been clearing the ground before the planting begins for the new forest corridors.
Find out how you can get involved with our conservation projects: madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme
Head of Project Development wanted!
Oversee and manage WASH and construction projects in south east Madagascar whilst working alongside a fantastic national and international team.
Find the job description here:
What are littoral forests?
Littoral forests are forests that lie in close proximity to the ocean. The Sainte Luce littoral forests are incredibly biodiverse habitats and home to four species of lemur, leaf tailed geckos, pygmy chameleons and flying fox bats to name a few!
90% of littoral forests in Madagascar have already been lost to harmful human activity. Help SEED make a difference! Check out our Christmas Appeal and Adopt a Tree today! madagascar.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/Christmas
“I remember sitting on the floor in these same classrooms, because there was not enough space for all of us. I am so happy to see the new buildings completed.”
Lomba, SEED’s Head of Construction, at the opening ceremony of his old Primary School in Manambaro, a recent Project Sekoly beneficiary school.
Project Sekoly helped provide two new classrooms, a latrine block, and delivered lessons on hygiene and sanitation to all students. With lessons starting this week and all the extra space, the number of students completing full days of school will double from last year!
Thank you to Teneo for supporting Project Sekoly throughout this process, find out more about the project here:
Recently the SCRP team and our volunteers came across some baby Mouse Lemurs! Here's some photos from one of our Research Assistants.
Just one of the many unexpected joys of volunteering on our conservation programme. Apply on our website: madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme
If you're scouting out deals this Cyber Monday, why not check out the Stitch Sainte Luce 10% off sale on Etsy?
Earlier this year, the cooperative grew from a handful of members to over 100!
Help Stitch thrive and support the women of Sainte Luce, check out: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StitchSainteLuce?ref=listing-shop-header-item-count#items
“Eza ny mpanjaka?” means “Where is the queen?” in Malagasy.
At training workshops this month, beekeepers learned how to identify the queen bee and find her among thousands of worker bees. Project Renitantely teaches beekeepers these skills through interactive workshops, empowering them to use beekeeping as a sustainable income generator.
Learn more about the project here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely
Do something different this Black Friday and adopt a tree in Madagascar!
With current rates of habitat degradation leaving scientists predicting the complete disappearance of Madagascar's littoral forest within the next 50 years, we are doing all we can to help protect the threatened species of Sainte Luce.
Your adoption will support SEED Madagascar's continuing work and invaluable research. Please visit our Charity Checkout page to find out more: madagascar.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/Christmas
Did you know 90% of Madagascar’s littoral forest have been lost due to human activity? This Thanksgiving help us safeguard the future of Madagascar's most iconic species.
Project Ala is our latest project and aims to reforest areas of degraded land, much like the land in this photo, and reconnect habitat for three lemur species.
Visit our Global Giving page to find how you can help:
Congratulations to our Project Safidy Team who presented their results on implementing a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights curriculum across Madagascar at the International Conference on Family Planning in Rwanda last week!
You can find out more about the project here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/safidy
"I am passionate about bolstering community health by prioritising mothers and children, especially by addressing preventable deaths and improving nutrition and food security."
Meet Jasmine, SEED's International Maternal and Child Health Specialist, pictured here with CLO Arnet and a Project Votsira beneficiary.
To find out more about Jasmine's role or meet the rest of the team, visit: madagascar.co.uk/about/
An agreement signed between Madagascar and an unknown Chinese investment consortium gives access to Madagascar’s fisheries in return for development benefits alluded to in ‘confidential’ studies. It was signed without consulting fishing communities or the fisheries ministry and is likely to affect traditional fishers like those involved in Project Oratsimba.
SEED and other civil society bodies have released a joint statement demanding transparency around the potential impacts of this agreement on Madagascar’s coastal communities and marine environment.
Read more about the deal here:
Or find out more about Project Oratsimba here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/oratsimba
MEL Specialist Wanted!
We are looking for a Masters level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist with international experience for Project Safidy - an innovative initiative promoting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people throughout Madagascar.
Our new Tatirano tank took just six days to build and will store 5,000 litres of pure, clean, fresh rainwater!
Find out more here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/tatirano
It’s swarm season here in south east Madagascar! Swarming is a natural process where a healthy strong colony splits in two and half of the bees leave to find a new home.
Project Renitantely is training beekeepers in how to capture these swarms to put in their own hives. When the swarm ends up in a Mango tree, creative solutions are needed to capture the bees!
To learn more about Project Renitantely, visit: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely
Forestry Specialist Wanted!
We are looking for a BSc/Masters level forester with experience in re-forestation for Project Ala - a groundbreaking new project tasked with increasing gene flow of four Lemur species through pilot habitat corridors in the Southeast of Madagascar.
Run the Brighton Marathon for SEED Madagascar!
We're still looking for enthusiastic runner to proudly represent SEED at the Brighton Marathon in 2019!
Think you've got what it takes?