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Madagascar is a truly unique place. The country is a jewel of biodiversity, exhibiting unmatched number of endemic species. This island nation is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, and a staggering 80% of them are not found anywhere else. Naturalists have recorded more than 19,000 different plant species in Madagascar, as well as more than 100 species of lemurs. Madagascar is a real nature sanctuary.

Madagascar is home to more than 100 species of lemurs

Why does it matter?

Madagascar’s unique natural wealth is facing unprecedented challenges. The island is losing a significant amount of its forests as a result of slash and burn agriculture and the production of charcoal for a rapidly growing population. Its coral reefs are subject to unsustainable fishing practices, and, in recent years, political instability and poor governance have fostered an increase in wildlife trafficking and illegal logging. All of these threats are exacerbated by climate change. Significantly, the Malagasy people are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the world, and their well-being is largely dependent upon their natural resources. To be successful, conservation efforts need to fully acknowledge and address their needs and aspirations. 

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