SW Madagascar is under intense environmental pressure. Despite extraordinary ecological value, the Ranobe forest is continuously over harvested for agriculture, timber and charcoal. As sources of income, these activities are insufficient and unsustainable. The community lacks information on alternatives. The center will be a platform for the sustainable use of natural resources, forest restoration, better health, improved agronomy and agroforestry techniques and vital new income streams.
The local people will organize themselves to build the center, local capacity and responsibility. In a participatory way they will define and create the program of the center, voicing their specific needs in education, health, and technical skills.
The center will be an evolving educational institution, raising awareness and bridging traditional and sustainable livelihoods. Knowledge will be shared beyond the 800 Ranobe members to the broader community (more than 5000).