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World Responsible Tourism Awards Best for Wildlife Conservation: Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education


Sponsored by Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council Winner’s background A Belgian registered charity, founded in 2007, working to protect the Ambondrolava mangrove complex, its endemic and migratory bird populations and, most importantly, the communities living in its environs, in southwest Madagascar. Honko works with the communities and visitors to inform and educate about the importance of the mangroves, from its Mangrove Information Centre.


What they do Honko’s Mangrove Information Centre not only plays a vital role in interpreting the ecological importance of Madagascar’s Ambondrolava mangrove complex for visitors, but also in educating the surrounding mangrove-dependent communities. Training in community-based


mangrove management aims to secure a more sustainable future for


In addition, Honko runs training in sustainable fishing practices and education about ways in which communities can diversify their much-needed income sources, such as through ecotourism, beekeeping, tilapia farming and artisanal handicraft weaving. As a result, the success of the centre as an ecotourism and training organisation is now being used as a model in other mangrove wetland regions.


this region, as the swamps are vital fishing grounds for local people to earn a livelihood. For example, the creation of a local community association, VOI Mamelo Honko, has led to the restoration of 18 hectares of deforested mangrove – lands that are also habitat for 39 wetland bird species, including some endangered endemics.


Judges’ comments The judges recognised that Honko has achieved sustainability and shown what a small-scale initiative can achieve for impoverished local communities. By empowering local people to take charge of their resources, Honko is enabling them to secure their livelihoods, with bee- keeping, tilapia farming, alternative fuel wood, crafts and ecotourism all forming part of an integrated strategy to improve people’s lives.


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