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Monday, June 28, 2010

Madagascar Unique Forests are in Danger

Madagascar Unique Forests are in Danger In Africa

Madagascar plant life
Madagascar's forests are home to unique plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. However, 3 acres of Madagascar's forests are lost on Africa’s largest island a year.
Ranomafana Frog in Madagascar

Madagascar Unique Forests are in Danger In Africa

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Madagascar is important to the environment of the world.

Giraffe Weevil in Andasibe, Madagascar photo by Frank VassonIsolated for 60 million years, Madagascar’s ecosystem is a treasure trove of unique and often unusual animals and plants. 

More than 80 percent of Madagascar Island’s amazing vegetation and wildlife appear nowhere else in the world. 

Losing around 3 acres of forest in Madagascar has a greater impact on global biodiversity than losing 3 acres of forest anywhere else on Earth. Madagascar is important to the environment of the world.

Because 80 percent of the Malagasy population depends on making their living through subsistence agriculture, Madagascar’s forests are in danger. 
Using slash-and-burn cultivation techniques, farmers often destroyed what made their home so ecologically important. 

Lizard in Ambanoro Antsiranana, Madagascar photo by FrontierofficalIn an effort to help farmers protect their livelihoods and the environment, USAID helped develop the National Confederation of Koloharena, a farmer's’ association with local, regional, and national representatives. 

Members of the group grow red rice using specialized techniques that help them increase their harvest yields without putting an extra strain on nearby forests or land.

Did you know?
According to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance Madagascar ranks in 33rd place out of 52 African countries, Sudan and South Sudan are not currently included.Madagascar

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