All Photography by Paula Cox. Julienne Dolphin Wilding Contact

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Erosion and deforestation

Erosion and deforestation

We arrived back in Europe 27th December. Madagascar far behind us once again a coloured spot on the globe but not obscure now after our intense and intimate adventure with the country and culture. We can happily describe the trip as a success in terms of our expectations working with Feedback Madagascar who run a miraculous collection of projects in a reticent environment. However Madagascar is a show case of devastation and therefore demands a determined traveler who can uplift a heavy heart and maintain a positive attitude.

Madagascar has suffered severe environmental degradation but still retains some of the most biodiversity on the planet sadly there are major environmental problems these include:Deforestation and habitat destruction, Agricultural fires, Erosion and soil degradation, Overexploitation of living resources including hunting and over-collection of species from the wild, Introduction of alien species.
With its rivers running blood red and staining the surrounding Indian Ocean, astronauts have remarked that it looks like Madagascar is bleeding to death.


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