Malagasy Community Reforestation Institute

by New Latitude (IHC)


Establishing a Reforestation Institute providing knowledge and technical skills for 5000 villagers in SW Madagascar to restore threatened native forests, grow fuel wood, food and medicinal plants.

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The majority of rural people in southwest Madagascar derive income by producing charcoal from the highly threatened native forest. Widespread deforestation has resulted in drought, famine and poverty. The Reforestation Institute will provide people with knowledge to improve crop yields, as well as job opportunities to grow trees that produce biofuel, food and medicine; ultimately to conserve one of the worlds most unique forests. “Planting trees will bring back the rains and improve our future".


The Reforestation Institute will have a native tree nursery and reforestation site, reach 5000 people, replant 100ha of forest with 100,000 trees, improve income sources and yields by 50%, give 1000 people new jobs. "We are ready to plant trees".

Long-Term Impact

Reducing deforestation by providing diverse education, employment and livelihood opportunities; reaching 5000 people over two years. Improving access to food and water. Community management of extensive protected areas and discovery of new species.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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S. Madagascar Drought, 250,000 children at risk
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Organization Information

New Latitude (IHC)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
New Latitude (IHC)
Project Leader:
Anthony Arnold
Director of New Latitude
Ann Arbor, MI United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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