Madagascar Rainforest In Madagascar

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Madagascar Rainforest
Madagascar, located approximately 400 kilometers east of Africa is the world's fourth largest island. Because of its isolation it is occupied by some of the most unusual and rare species of
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In the aftermath of a coup, illegal loggers ravaged Madagascar’s reserve in the northern part of the country. Without backing from the central government or support from the international agencies that withdrew aid following the coup, little to nothing has been done to stop the carnage. The impact of illegal logging of precious woods on many forest sites, including the world heritage site of Atsinanana, is devastating for biodiversity, for livelihoods and for the world, as we continue to lose the unique biodiversity of the island of Madagascar. About 52,000 tons of precious wood from 100,000 trees estimated to been cut in 2009 alone,(Science 1990) possibly covering 20,000 hectares within the parks. An additional 500,000 trees probably felled to help raft the heavy trees downstream, according to WWF illegal logging (precious woods) from Madagascar enter national markets every year. We need to both protect the unique environment for Madagascar and the critical services they provide to the majority of the population who struggle to seek out a subsistence living from the natural resources. (Global Witness June 2009) We must understand some things. At one time Madagascar was once home to giant land birds, the largest of which weighed over …show more content…
It was estimated that the 20-pound egg of Aepyornis maximus could have fed 150 people. Just think about it, if this animal had been saved. Now consider this 70% - 80% of the species and nine of the plant families in Madagascar are not founded anywhere else in the world (PFM, 2009). Scientists believe there are two main reasons for the rainforests of Madagascar obtaining an amazing biodiversity, First, Madagascar has been isolated for more than 60 million years, and second it has seven different ecoregions, ranging from tropical rainforests to deserts. These two reasons scientists have found combined to give organisms enough time and variety of habitats to adapt to give the rainforests of Madagascar its variety of plants and animals. These are some facts that we need to understand: 250,000 species are found here, of which 70% - 80% are found nowhere else in the world. Yet of the 50 different kinds of lemurs, 10 are critically endangered of being wipeout, seven are still endangered, and 19 are considered vulnerable. There are seven species of baobab trees in Madagascar compared to only one in all of Africa. The Toliara coral reef off Madagascar's southwestern coast is the third largest coral reef system in

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