Last Chance for Madagascar's Biodiversity


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 May 2019

 

ANTHROPOCENE

One of Madagascar's Threatened Lemurs
Madagascar Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Copyright Daniel Burgas.
Many of Madagascar's iconic lemur species such as this black and white ruffed lemur are critically endangered. Copyright Daniel Burgas, for use in articles describing this paper.

 

Killing Madagascar

The last chance for Madagascar's biodiversity,
Bangor University, April 29, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

What
"The paper 'The last chance for Madagascar's biodiversity..."

Why
New President
"...a paper recommending actions needed by the new government to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put Madagascar on a trajectory towards sustainable growth."

Problem
"...Madagascar's protected areas, some of the most important for biodiversity in the world, have suffered terribly in recent years from illegal mining, logging, and collection of threatened species for the pet trade. They suggest that much of this illegal activity is linked to corruption."

Corruption
Madagascar is suffering from massive illegal, "globalized," economic activities feeding exotic hardwood, gemstone, and exotic animal/medicinal medicine markets, with a population that's grown almost by a factor of 5 since 1965.

Dire Poverty
"More than 40% of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition, and the country has more people living in extreme poverty than almost anywhere else on Earth. Conservation therefore needs to contribute to, and not detract from, national efforts targeting economic development."

Poverty & International Corruption in Action
Illegal logging in protected areas in Madagascar, Copyright Toby Smith, for use in articles describing this paper.
Illegal logging in protected areas in Madagascar has damaged these globally important sites.

Recommendations
"...investing in protected areas..."

"...strengthening local people's tenure over natural resources..."

"...ensuring new infrastructure development limits impacts on biodiversity..."

"...tackling environmental crime linked to corruption..."

"...and investing in major restoration efforts that will address the country's growing fuelwood crisis."

"...conservation must benefit, not harm, local communities. "

Blend Economics and Ecology
"Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on the planet. More than 40% of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition, and the country has more people living in extreme poverty than almost anywhere else on Earth. Conservation therefore needs to contribute to, and not detract from, national efforts targeting economic development. It must not make situations worse for the rural poor who are so often marginalised in decision making."

Last Chance
"...It's not too late to turn things around in Madagascar, but it soon will be."

 

 

More Madagascar

How the sapphire trade is driving lemurs toward extinction,
Nat Geo, March 6, 2019.
"A rush for Madagascar’s gemstones is destroying remaining habitat for imperiled lemurs and other wildlife."

 

Lemur extinction: Vast majority of species under threat,
BBC, August 2, 2018.
"Almost every species of lemur, wide-eyed primates unique to Madagascar, is under threat of extinction."

 

Plants

Time is running out for Madagascar – evolution’s last, and greatest, laboratory,
Guardian, May 13, 2017.
"Kew scientists warn that unique plants on Madagascar are at risk of extinction."

 

Tortoise

Madagascar's radiated tortoise threatened with extinction,
Science Daily, April 12, 2010.
"...unless drastic conservation measures take place, the species will be driven to extinction within the next 20 years."

 

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