Tongasoa to Kivalo! | WWF

Tongasoa to Kivalo!

Posted on
27 September 2017
"Sustainable tourism – a tool for development", is the World Tourism Day theme that we celebrate this September 27. It is precisely the approach adopted by the small village of Kivalo, located near the famous Baobab Alley on the west coast of Madagascar. In an exceptional setting to observe birds in mangroves, the villagers of Kivalo welcomed for the first time a group of tourists. About fifteen French and ten American have now experienced the hospitality of Menabe.
After attending an ecotourism training supported by WWF in 2016, the inhabitants of Kivalo who are fishermen and housewives, are now real hosts. "This is the first time we have welcomed a group of tourists to Kivalo," says Rogia Ravaonirina, one of the local ecoguides, "it was a great challenge for us. I am glad that we have the opportunity to apply in real life the training we have received. "
This first contact had confronted Kivalo communities with the realities of welcoming tourists: overcoming the language barrier, ensuring a quality service, having appropriate and sufficient infrastructures ... A reality that did not demotivated Rogia. "The important thing is that we have beautiful mangroves with many birds and mammals to show to visitors through the conservation efforts of our community" Analamaitso tsy ho ngagnolo "(" Our Green Forest " in French), she stressed.
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