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01-10-2012 - 1% For the Planet !

Seed of Life is very happy to be approved by 1% for the Planet!

1% For the Planet is a global movement of more than 1391 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of environmental organizations worldwide.

See their website : http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/

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30-09-2012 - Report of this summer's trip to Madagascar

Goals of the trip

This trip had three objectives :

  1. Celebrating our millionth tree planting.
  2. Inspecting our 14 tree nurseries
  3. Raising awareness among the Malagasy press and authorities.

The participants :

Frédéric, Gio, Vincent, Philippe From right to left : Philippe, Vincent, Gio and Frédéric in front of a tree planted by Seed of Life.
Gérard PONCET, our malagasy DirectorAnd Gérard PONCET, our malagasy Director.

Celebration of the millionth tree

Our millionth tree was planted on a hill a few kilometers away from our nursery « Do Something Coo²l » (the largest of Madagascar) in the district of Ampohibe.

It is in that district that we have our largest reforestation project (more than six thousand hectares, nearly six million trees).

One million trees for the planet
new sprout

All the villagers were gathered for the occasion.

villagers villagers villagers

Inspection of our fourteen tree nurseries

Akamasoah nursery (Association du Père Pedro) 20.000 plants.Akamasoah Tree Nursery (Association du Père Pedro) 20.000 plants.

New tree nursery IXINA : 50.000 plants.New tree nursery IXINA : 50.000 plants.

Eastern Cape Mangrove : 55.000 trees (4 kilometers)Eastern Cape Mangrove : 55.000 trees (4 kilometers).

New nursery in the Marovato district : 25.000 plants.New nursery in the Marovato district : 25.000 plants.

Visit of a volunteer transplantation team.Visit of a volunteer transplantation team.
Ampohibe 1 Nursery: 300.000 plants.Ampohibe 1 Nursery: 300.000 plants.

New MANDENA Nursery: 25.000 plants.New MANDENA Nursery : 25.000 plants.

Inspecting damages from slash and burn cultivation.Inspecting damages from slash and burn cultivation around the National Park of Marojejy.

Inspection of a reforestation project around the spring of Andape : 40.000 treesInspection of a reforestation project around the spring of Andape : 40.000 trees).

Tour of the site for a new nursery of 200,000 plants with Father Pedro.Tour of the site for a new nursery of 200,000 plants with Father Pedro.

Raising awareness among the Malagasy press and authorities

Press Conference :

Upon arrival in Antananarivo we held a press conference to talk about our activities in Madagascar. To attract the media, we have sent them a copy of a Libre Belgique's article on the ecological disaster of Madagascar. Seeing the image of their country abroad impressed journalists who gave us a warm welcome. In the evening, a subject of two minutes was aired on the evening news of the country's main TV channel (TVM).


Press Conference
Press Conference

Two days later, listening to the malagasy radio, we hear a subject about Seed of Life for nearly a quarter of an hour.

Conference on slash and burn cultivation and reforestation

The Madagascan Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky, who was the former Ambassador of Madagascar in Belgium, is also the stepfather of our friend Philippe. He gave us the honour and pleasure of chairing a conference that we organized in Andape with the executive staff of the department of National Parks to educate mayors to participate in our reforestation activities.


Malagasy Prime Minister greeting Jean Hervé BAKARIZAFY, Executive Officer of the National Parks of Andape. Thanks to our friend David who offered the cost of the helicopter for the Prime Minister visit.
Madagascar's Prime Minister greeting Jean Hervé BAKARIZAFY, Executive Officer of the National Parks of Andape.
Thanks to our friend David who offered the cost of the helicopter for the Prime Minister visit.


Some loose photos


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