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Madagascar is one of the countries that suffers most from the devastating effects of climate change.

Why does it matter?

For Malagasy people, climate change is not an abstract concept, but an issue of whether they can make a living or not, since most people on the island depend on their crops or fishing catch for income and subsistence.

Climate change is severly damaging the levels of biodiversity in Madagascar. Although the island is still considered a biodiversity hotspot in terms of its number of species of animals and plants (80% of plants and animals in Madagascar are found nowhere else on Earth), climate change is decimating these species' habitats.

Providing people with access to electricity is also a challenge. Fewer than 15% of the population has access to electricity as a result of the country's lack of infrastructure. 

Renewable energy presents a sustainable solution and an amazing opportunity that WWF is promoting through a solar electricity training program.

Access to electricity is a challenge in Madagascar.
© WWF Madagascar / justin Jin
What is WWF doing?

WWF has empowered local communities to lead natural resource preservation efforts in their territories. Community patrols take care of their own forest and marine areas, whilst ecological monitoring is also led by the local communities living around the island's biodiversity hotspots.

At the same time, WWF has partnered with local communities to foster new agricultural and fishing techniques that are better adapted to climate change, and to help them combine their traditional activities with more sustainable means of income. The goal is to create a better present and future for Madagascar's people whilst simultaneously protecting the country's wonderful biodiversity.

Adopting new agricultural techniques.

© WWF Madagascar / Tony Rakoto

In accordance with its environmental and social safeguards policies and framework, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has established a mechanism to receive and respond to concerns raised by stakeholders, including local communities, who may be affected by the implementation of its activities or by any inappropriate actions of its employees. If you are interested in WWF's work, your input is important to help us learn and continually improve the ways we work to positively impact nature and people.