Only 15 percent of world’s biodiversity hotspots left intact

The world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet’s endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical Andes, and Sundaland.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Singapore intercepts massive illegal shipment of Madagascar rosewood

Authorities in Singapore have made the largest-ever international seizure of rosewood logs, providing further evidence that industrial-scale smuggling of Madagascar’s rainforest timber continues despite an official ban on the trade. Details of the seiz…

The lemur end-game: scientists propose ambitious plan to save the world’s most imperiled mammal family

Due to the wonderful idiosyncrasies of evolution, there is one country on Earth that houses 20 percent of the world’s primates. More astounding still, every single one of these primates—an entire distinct family in fact—are found no-where else. The country is, of course, Madagascar and the primates in question are, of course, lemurs. But the far-flung island of Madagascar, once a safe haven for wild evolutionary experiments, has become an ecological nightmare. Overpopulation, deep poverty, political instability, slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging for lucrative woods, and a booming bushmeat trade has placed 94 percent of the world’s lemurs under threat of extinction, making this the most imperiled mammal group on the planet. But, in order to stem a rapid march toward extinction, conservationists today publicized an emergency three year plan to safeguard 30 important lemur forests in the journal Science.

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Jenny Raharivola: paint this island in green …

Some people want to paint the town red, Jenny Raharivola wants to paint the island in green. Jenny Raharivola is a young artist specialized in composing and singing for humanitarian and environmental causes. The first time I heard about her

Jean Emilien:seeking for help for having attendees plant trees as entry fees to his concert

How come such a Malagasy artist who has received a worldwide recognition is barely known by Malagasy? This guy a toured the world with his music, played with the big guys (opend Carlos Santana’s concert in Paris), is a world

Erik Hersman: own the africa narrative

“ingenuity born of necessity” Erik came up with a long list of different examples of ingenuity coming from Africa: a mobile phone charging system made by a bicycle dynamo, a biogaz system, or a mobile-security system, to name a few.

Miora Rajaonary: a call for paper providers

Miora has made a point during her presentation: PAPMAD, the only paper manufacturing specialized on recycling is calling for every unit to provide them with raw material to work with. So far this plant is only working 6 month per

Alice Plane from Ashoka: on preimplementation mode for Madagascar

The difficult part about presenting people who work for entities is to find the fine line between the person and what the organisation do. Alice Plane first: Born in Lille in 1984, she has a lot of interest for Russia

Toughstuff:a system based on trade,not aid

Malagasy rural people call their product “tôftôf”, you guessed it, we’re talking about ToughStuff a solar-power device used for lighting and small appliances distributed throughout Madagascar via old 2CV vehicles and bicycles. I always wondered the reason for the “TOUGH”

Saving the Sokeka tortoises

“60 000 tortoises are consumed by local and international market every year in Madagascar. This endemic specie will disappear in 20 years if nothing is done about it. ” Sadly, this kind of alert is “common” for a lot of

Rabary Désiré – I stand before you begging the world to do more than write about our problems in Madagascar

We must be strong and fearless in the face of continued corruption and habitat disturbance inside of Madagascar's precious National Parks. I have been warned before many times that it is dangerous to reveal the truth. But I believe very

TEDxAntananarivo the panel list is out: mind-blowing

The TEDXantananarivo event on November 27th 2010 gathers extraordinary people for extraordinary conversations around the "Time to go green" theme. Check the panelist, it's awesome.

All those train ride I missed

Don’t be fooled with the title, although I missed two opportunities to have a nice old-train ride in Madagascar, this post is announcing the next train ride opportunity planned for november 2010. Book your calendar if you are in Antananarivo.

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