Conservation International: Forests and Carbon in Madagascar

This is an excellent example of what organizations are doing to protect forests. In Madagascar, forests are especially important, because something close to 80% of Madagascar’s animal life is unique, and highly adapted to very specific areas and niches in Madagascar that may in some cases be limited to a few thousand hectares of forest.

Forests and Carbon in Madagascar from Conservation International on Vimeo.

Think deforestation can’t happen, and isn’t a big deal for a country’s economy? Take the case of Haiti. In 1923, Haiti was 60% forested. By 2006, it was down to 2%. You can almost trace its border with the Dominican Republic on aerial and satellite photos:

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