RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE

Sustainable tourism

We are working as a company which gives importance to the value and authenticity of our Island. Our goal is to act in a responsible way by reducing hazardous impact for the country and its living elements, as well as engaging our effort to arrange trips in a manner that could make local activities progress as well as preserving the natural wealth of the Island. We are convinced that the future of the planet depends on the ability of managing natural resources. If everyone does its part in order to preserve them, we keep our environment safe and the sector of tourism at the same time.

Our commitements

We engage our efforts in promoting and defending values and authenticity of the Island by reducing all hazardous impacts on the Island’s environment, its economy, reputation and expanding a new mind-set of acting in the world of tourism. Malagasya Travel commits to achieve all the missions which have been planned for the development of local tourism either in terms of internal or external aspect.

Our goal is to make Madagascar stand out in the management of its natural resources, its human resources and its cultural heritage by informing and helping our staff members and partners to be aware of their duties as well as their rights within their role of agents of change.
By building a responsible team in charge of direct communication and achievement, we are ready to take initiatives which will improve tourism field, and conducting regular follow-ups in the fulfillment of our actions. We commit ourselves to get included in associations, institutions or NGOs which run sustainability projects and we are also mainly aiming for the improvement of local people’s situation by giving donations and services to help them get out of poverty. Taking as possible into account every sensitive excursion and destination by having an on-spot visit and evaluation before proposing it to customers is also one of our main goals while giving offers to our clients. Furthermore, we try to promote excursions and activities which benefit locality’s daily life and preserve the environment safe. Our policy also includes making our clients aware of sustainable actions and behaviors in the country while proposing tours and once arrived in Madagascar so as to respect each place’s ethics as well as its environment.

Our missions

Our internal action plan :

  • Providing training and studies to our staff members on green office and on what sustainable tourism is

  • Respecting the aspects of human rights and employees rights

  • Sensitizing them in taking positive actions to the development of sustainable tourism in their daily way of living.

  • Informing them and evaluating, through meetings and reminders to evaluate done progress

  • Assisting our office employees in their personal development within the company

  • Giving financial help or rewards on some occasion: marriage, giving birth, birthday, other needs

  • Devoting times to build a team spirit by having some team-building days, outdoor excursions.

  • Green office: reducing pollution by replacing plastic bottles with large water dispensers. Reducing energy waste by using low-consumption bulbs. Reducing paper waste by keeping data in computers.

Our external action plan :

  • Create a team for the implementation and Sharing brochures on eco-drive to our drivers

  • Providing annual free English course for our English-speaking drivers

  • Providing trainings to our tour guides either in sustainable tourism or in technical and informative knowledge

  • Informing partners on sustainable practice

  • Running local projects to assist poor families

  • Working with sustainable partners and providers

  • Providing translation guide services for surgical missions in the Island

  • Cooperating with hotels run by Malagasy owners first as possible before other foreign partners in order to maintain the concept of brotherhood and community benefits.

  • We encourage sustainable accommodation standards through meetings at least once a year.

  • Supporting projects aiming to preserving the environment and managing natural resources and reducing practice of chemical use.

  • Displaying and finding out new activities and excursions which promote nature, culture preserving, and environment protection.

  • In terms of clients’ feedback, use surveys in order to improve our services and to satisfy our customers. This includes the respect towards localities and people as well as the respect of the environment. It also helps our company to get rid of unnecessary or hazardous acts.

Reforestation in the eastern part of the Island

We devote a great attention to the fact that deforestation is a threat for several parts of Madagascar.  Working with local organizations is now an opportunity not just for the environment, but for our guests to leave their footprint by contributing to a responsible initiative. Five tree nurseries are dedicated to each guest to plant. This helps obtain a kind of forest corridor as well as combining different species to strengthen genes for more resilient trees. Furthermore, it helps sustain the land and compensate bush fire and slash and burn practice. In that present case, the cooperation between an Association in Andasibe called “Mitsinjo” https://associationmitsinjo.wordpress.com/about/and Malagasya Travel has been undertaken for years and carries on until this present moment.

Sustainable hotel cooperation

In one hand, working with hotels which meet the standards is a great initiative. But on the other hand, extending more collaboration with those which are recognized as sustainable is crucial. Those which are supporting local benefits such as including local people’s activities in their touristic program or those which are giving importance to the preservation of biodiversity on-spot as well as purchasing foods in the locality for the bio concept as “Souimanga Hotel” in Antsirabe for instance or another one in the south part of the country “Le Paradisier” which has preserved a fauna and flora area where endemic species are found and protected. Other hotels are assisting organizations for the protection of some sensitive and preserved areas.

Donation and supply

We are supporting non-profitable organizations and associations such as « interplast-Germany help » https://www.interplast-germany.de/english/, which provides free plastic surgery to patients who cannot afford medical treatments in developing countries and “ärzte für Madagaskarhttps://www.doctorsformadagascar.com/about-us/ or “Doctors for Madagascar”, another organization in Manambaro-Ford Dauphin which helps people who cannot afford medical care by providing free surgical operation as well each year, keeping an emergency fund to cover medical expenses… In order to support those Organizations, we provide free German-speaking guide services for translation on-spot, free services by organizing domestic flight bookings, looking for sponsorship to promote their activities, and mainly selling postal cards and stamps to our guests during their tour in order to provide water to the operated people.

Project for Children’s education

Educ’action is a launching project initiated by Malagasya Travel. It specifically consists in helping single mothers who cannot afford their children’s needs, specifically, in terms of their scholar fees.  Our main targets are women who are doing manual laundry and housemaids with low salary. Unemployed women are also included. Only single mothers are concerned. The project directly benefits children in terms of their education as getting out of poverty will be reached only by education. Malagasya financially takes in charge of the project for the moment, but is open to all donations.

 

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