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Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

CPALI and SEPALIM are an effective team, bridging between Madagascar, where there are social, environmental, and economic needs and the markets in OECD countries, where there are buyers and donors. The partnership has succeeded across a decade that contained disruptions in politics, climatic, weather, fashion, and economics. The robust strategy is based on an evolution towards local governance. The assumption of responsibility by SEPALIM has accelerated during this past year, which bodes well for the sustainability of the enterprise. The conservation results have been disproportionate large compared to the resources invested.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Since its founding, 13 years ago, CPALI has strived to put itself out of business by devolving its mission onto those who are best positioned to connect the conservation of fragile ecologies with the development of vulnerable communities. Therefore, Cay Craig and her small team in the US helped launch and fund SEPALI, a remarkable, Malagasy NGO led by Mamy Ratsimbazafy. Over the past five years, SEPALI has built an enterprise of village-based farmers and artisans who, this year, will produce about 500 square meters of a unique, wild silk textile, using only the facilities in forests, villages and outskirts of Maroantsetra, Madagascar. Now, the US team is vigorously marketing the textile and devising a stream of products to connect sustainable development with art and fashion. Along the way, CPALI and SEPALI invented a series of novel practices (e.g., stepping stone conservation, a cocoon “bank”, and most recently—in collaboration with the Rogue Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society and the activist-chanteuse Razia Said—an art project for children who live near the Makira Protected Area).

It is clear to those us closest to CPALI that while, much remains to be done, both in Madagascar and in other areas, CPALI’s adaptive, tactful approach is effective. Please join us in supporting CPALI.

Role:  Board Member