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.

Category Archives: Local corner

Looking for a Web Community Manager for two travel destinations in Madagascar

So the Integrated Growth Pole Project (AKA Projet PIC) in charge of the promotion of tourism activities in Taolagnaro and Nosy-Be is seeking for a “web community officer” so as to give more online visibility to those two destinations. Those

“Résidence Itinérante – mois de la photo 2012″: download the details

The “Sar’Nao” is the yearly photography event in Madagascar. Despite the crisis that still prevails in my country, it’s always great to see passionate people keeping up and doing great things- this “Sar’Nao 2012″ is one of those great initiatives

Amazing chameleons fighting video

When I was a kid, it was common to find some chameleons where I grew up. As most malagasy boys do (they still do it as a game in fact): we took two chameleons and put each on some branches

Going down memory lanes with old photos

I just love the internet. I’m sure we all say that, and we all have our own reasons for doing so. But one of the reasons I love the Internet is that people are sharing a lot of interesting stuff:

JCI Antananarivo is seeking for an Outstanding Young Person

The time has come to recognize the outstanding achievements of Madagascar’s youth. JCI Antananarivo is looking for the next Malagasy Outstanding Young person that will represent our country for the worldwide 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Antandroy: a great movie of two people’s encounter

As I browse the internet (or should I say “wander from a social media platform to another”?), I stumble on gems about Madagascar that are worth resharing. That’s the case for this encounter between surfers and the Lavanono villagers. You

Sar’Nao 2011: check the program of this month of photography

The kick-off of Sar’Nao, the second edition of the now well-established “month of photography” was done at the lobby of the Louvre hotel last night, gathering most of the malagasy photography world (well, at least those who could make it

Wanna go on a train ballad in Ambatolampy?

Those last couple of months, I took some time to do some trekking with some folks who just love practising it for the sake of doing some physical exercise. I’m not really a sporty person but when I joined the

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

Bienvenu Rajaonson: Mainstreaming bio ethanol energy generation

The good thing when attending a presentation from a World Bank representative is that you get to know a lot of macroeconomic figures that help you “appreciate” the environment you’re living in. The TEDxTana wasn’t disappointed on this part, and