Projects Abroad volunteers in Madagascar plant 4000 trees in the wake of Cyclone Enawo
Projects Abroad volunteers have planted over 4000 trees to help with reforestation efforts in Madagascar following the devastation caused by Cyclone Enawo, which struck the eastern part of the island in March 2017.
The cyclone devastated large areas of rainforest and local vegetation. Strong winds uprooted trees, which then crushed smaller shrubs and bushes when they fell. Flooding also caused extensive damage to smaller plants. In Madagascar, this destruction has far-reaching consequences for the environment and for the local economy. Many animals are displaced and lose sources of food and shelter, and erosion can quickly become a problem with the loss of trees and ground cover. With national parks and many roads closed, there are fewer tourists and this has knock-on effects for people employed by the parks and the hospitality industry, as well as traditional market vendors, all of whom rely on tourists for their income.
Projects Abroad responded immediately to the disaster, stepping in to help reforestation efforts and rebuilding local communities. In the initial days following the cyclone, volunteers helped clear debris from villages and roads, and from mid-March volunteers planted new trees in our tree nursery in Andasibe. After almost two months of hard work, the goal to plant 4000 trees was reached on 1 June 2017.
Although good progress has been made, it will take time for the local ecosystems and communities to completely recover from this disaster. With the help of our volunteers, we continue to focus on helping in areas in Madagascar affected by the cyclone. In June and July, we will plant another 4000 trees, begin building foundations for new houses for the displaced residents, and create housing that is better able to withstand disasters in the future.
If you’d like to get involved in our reforestation and community rebuilding efforts in Madagascar, find out more about our projects in Madagascar .