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© WWF Madagascar/Rachel Kramer

Madagascar’s forests have gained worldwide fame as the home of a highly diverse and completely unique flora and fauna, owing to the island’s prolonged isolation.

Why does it matter?

The island is home to 5% of the world’s species, of which 80% are found nowhere else in the world. However, the lemurs, tortoises, chameleons and geckos that form the basis of Madagascar’s thriving ecotourism sector are in danger of losing their habitats because of rampant deforestation.

Deforestation threatens the island's unique species.

© WWF Madagascar

What is WWF doing?

WWF Madagascar is acting to save the forests and the fauna and flora that depend on them by focussing on habitat conservation and restoration. Aerial surveillance and community patrols provide powerful data for dissuading, finding and prosecuting those who are contributing to the illegal deforestation of protected areas.
 
WWF is working to establish a wood energy value chain in Madagascar through community plantations and reforestation. The use of charcoal-efficient cooking stoves by households and the provisions of related regulations.

All of these actions are taken to ensure that people and nature can thrive together.

Focus on habitat conservation and restoration.

© WWF / Sarah Hahn

What can you do?

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