First Environmental Stewardship Agreement signed in Nosy Hara

On 1st February 2013, our efforts in Nosy Hara over the last three years culminated in the signing of the first Environmental Stewardship Agreement in the village of Ampasindava between C3, the community of Mangaoka commune and Madagascar National Parks (MNP).  Over forty-five people attended the signing ceremony despite heavy thunderstorms which had rendered access to the village almost impossible.

The president of Ampasindava, John FABRICE was the first to speak, he thanked C3 for their support to his village and he also thanked everyone for their attendance at this signing ceremony. He remarked that the population of Ampasindava is ready and willing to collaborate with the stakeholders and encouraged the population to cooperate fully to achieve the project’s objective to develop the village. He wholeheartedly stated that the village is keen to work with C3 and the other stakeholders to implement the objectives of this project.

Mayor of Mangaoka, NOURDINE declared the signing ceremony open.
Moreover, he thanked C3‘s Director for choosing Madagascar among the countries in the world and especially for choosing village of Ampasindava as the intervention zone for this project to protect the environment.
Lastly, he thanked C3 for their equipment donation to Ampasindava Primary school including the gutter, desks, table bench and cupboard. He said that he is happy and he thanked the C3 project. He opened the signing ceremony between the C3, Mangaoka commune and MNP.

Representative of MNP, South Sector Chief, Rene Clovis MANANAVY  thanked C3 on behalf of the director of MNP, and he talked about all C3‘s past activities and the donation for primary school. He was very happy. He said that MNP is always ready and really excited about the establishment this environmental stewardship committee. He reminded all present that C3 have worked closely with the community here for several years and assists with MNP’s research programme, providing training in monitoring and assessment of marine environment. He thanked C3 for the continuation of their close collaboration.

Headteacher at Ampasindava primary school, Kiky RAZAFIMAHEFA , on behalf of the director of Ampasindava primary school thanked C3 for the donation of the gutter,  desk, table benches and cupboard. He said that the teachers and parents will take responsibility to achieve the objectives set in the environmental stewardship project, particularly for education and especially hygiene and sanitation around the school and in the classroom. They are happy and he wishes the continuation of the collaboration.

C3 Madagascar Programme Coordinator, Lalarisoa RAKOTOARIMINO:
talked about C3 Madagascar:

  • The creation
  • Our mission
  • Our activities
  • Our target
  • C3 in the world.

In addition,  Lala discussed the results of our socio-economic surveys, and monitoring and assessment of marine ecosystems in Nosy Hara.
Then Lala explained the content of the Environmental Stewardship agreement:
• Objectives
• Duration
• Expected results concerning social, economic and environment issues
• Indicators for monitoring and project evaluation.
Lastly, Lala said that C3 is an NGO that supports the project, but it is the responsibility of the members of the management committee to decide the course of activities. She thanked the stakeholders especially the local community.

C3 Programme Officer Raymond RAHERINDRAY  introduced the 15 members of the management committee:

  • RASPAUL village vice president Ampasindava,
  • FANZILLA health agent,
  • Odette MBOTY health agent,
  • SOAMADAMO women’s association president,
  • Clarisse VOLAZARA  woman association,
  • Rene Clovis MANANAVY south sector chief MNP,
  • Joel NARIVONY north sector chief MNP,
  • Modeste RIZIKY member of youth association,
  • Kiky RAZAFIMAHEFA  teacher at Ampasindava primary school ,
  • ZAKIA director of Ampasindava primary school,
  • TOLIZARA member of local committee of park ,
  • Arsene RAKOTONDRAZAKA  member of local committee of park,
  • EMANOELINA Fara member of local committee of park
  • Berivo BEKALO  member of farming association.
  • One C3 staff member

Moreover, Raymond explained the criteria for selecting members of committee management namely:

  • Representative of an association as agreed by their members
  • President of an association.
  • Village President and Vice president
  • Health agent
  • Sector chief MNP
  • Teacher
  • C3 Staff

Lastly, Raymond described the members’ duties and structure:

  • Decide the priority of projects
  • Implement the activities concerning the project (action plan)
  • Report the results
  • Have monthly meeting.
  • Follow –up and monitor indicators

Mangaoka mayor, NOURDINE took the last speech and he thanked the C3 for their kind assistance and support, he then went to the sign the environmental stewardship agreement with great happiness.  After the mayor signed, all members of the committee followed suite. Finally, the Mayor of Mangaoka closed the ceremony and went to have  a look at the gutter installed by C3 at the primary school. To round off the event, a delicious lunch was enjoyed together with all members of committee and other community members at Ampasindava.