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Madagascar is unique because of its biodiversity. Indeed, 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. First French-speaking African country having acceded to the IUCN, WWF were interested by Madagascar since 1963. As a matter of fact, Jean-Jacques Petter, a French zoologist considered as a leading figure in French primatology, has received the WWF gold medal for his conservation work in Madagascar, asked the WWF to conserve nature in Madagascar in view of its degradation. This is how the first WWF project, the safeguarding of the Aye-aye, has begun.

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. To be successful, conservation efforts need to fully acknowledge and address their needs and aspirations. 

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