These images were taken in September 2012, in the Tampolo Protected Area of north-eastern Madagascar. Loggers boldly set up sawmills in the forest. Madagascar’s forests are significant for their flora biodiversity. Many trees, including Rosewood, are endangered species.
IN addition to the importance of Madagascar’s flora, every conversation about lemurs and their future in their only wild home begins and ends with forest conservation. Most species of lemurs spend their entire lives in the forest canopy. The trees provide their home, safety, and food. No trees = No lemurs.
Click here to watch a CNN report that documents the issue of deforestation. Madagascar has lost over 90% of its forests to deforestation. In the last 10 years entire forests have been turned into savanah. The deforestation does not help local communities prosper, even as workers. Deforestation enriches an industrial and elite establishment at their expense.
What are the solutions? The Lemur Conservation Foundation operates a ‘Tree Nursery in Tampolo. LCF partners with local Malagasy villagers to gather seeds from indigenous trees, and germinates them. The nursery nurtures the trees until they are large enough to plant in the forest. The Malagasy people and LCF team guards the trees in the hope that they will survive economic pressures and provide resources for local life and future prosperity.