Favini, a company that has always stood for its keen sense of social and environmental responsibility, has reported the results achieved for the first quarter of 2015 in Project Voiala, designed to protect the ecosystem of Madagascar.
Project Voiala, of which Favini has been a part since 2009, is a microcosm of EU initiatives aimed at recreating and protecting the natural resources that have been heavily exploited on this African island. Centered on the experience of Sahavondronina, a village located in the highlands south of the capital and towards the eastern coast of Madagascar; the project’s primary objective is to create a model that other communities can follow, while highlighting the benefits that can be achieved to the land and its natural resources by simply adopting more informed, respectful approach. The project includes teaching people more innovative farming techniques that are more respectful of the local ecosystem and at the same time, can improve the quality of life for the community as a whole.

A quarterly report is published in order to keep all participants abreast of the progress made in the sowing and tree planting, as well as the management of the community gardens and the promotion of local produce.
In the first quarter of 2015, the reforestation campaign that commenced in December 2014 continued forward with great success. Resulting in more than 13,000 trees planted in seven different locations.
During the quarter, Voiala proceeded with a number of projects aimed to increase environmental awareness amongst the local population. In January, the project chose two students from École d’Application de Science et Technique Agricole, Iboaka, for an internship to provide them with work experience and to give them greater awareness of issues related to respecting and protecting the environment. During March, a school field trip to the Ranomafana National Park was also organised for 48 children and 10 staff from the Ilaka primary school. Additional to the 24 courses provided for 40 students of Aahavondronina School and for 180 students from the school in AlakamisyAmbohimaha, this year the education programme was also extended to the school in Mahazengy.
Also notable was the participation of Project Voiala in the biodiversity convention organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Forests.

Since 2011, Project Voiala has been a local partner of Slow Food International for the project "10,000 Gardens in Africa for Madagascar". From March, the project has participated in the training of the project’s regional coordinators.
Finally, since 2013, Voiala, together with the non-profit organisation Tetezana, has been involved in Project SAD for youth education. This year, the project has decided to pay both for school tuition and for other essentials, such as clothing and shoes.
“For Favini, our support for Project Voiala is an important commitment, and we are on the front lines in the fight to protect the environment. Additional to being the first Italian firm to adopt the FSC standards, Favini stands out for its constant focus on environmental issues. Throughout all stages of production, from product design to manufacturing, the company seeks to reduce the environmental impact of the business. This ongoing commitment has given rise to a number of revolutionary papers, such as Shiro Alga Carta and Crush, which reuse agro-industrial byproducts in the production of paper. One of the aspects of Project Voiala that we appreciate most is that it supports both reforestation – which is a ‘must’ given the extensive exploitation of the region – and, above all, the education of the local community,” said Andrea Nappa, Managing Director of Favini.

Favini’s internet portal includes a section dedicated to Project Voiala
(www.favini.com/en/enviroment/voiala/project-voiala/ )
, which provides a detailed description of the project along with all of the latest updates on the progress being made.