Slash and Burn of Rainforest in Madagascar hurts me deeply. It is one of the richest natural ressouces in the world – yet one of the poorest countries in the world. Tourism was on the increase, but then came Covid19. We cannot blame the people for trying to feed themselves and their children. Neither can we blame them for not knowing better ways. They burn the Rainforests to survive. But it is not sustainable. Yes it gives them more food now. But ruined rainforest will give them less food in the future. And it will give the entire world less fresh air to breathe.
I cannot change the world alone, but I have decided to make Madagascar the project I will live and breathe for. For the rest of my life. I believe knowledge about farming can help. Knowledge about tourism. Knowledge about the world. I also believe very little money can help very much. Help, so parents don’t fear their children will come to starve. With little money and with knowledge, I believe the people of Madagascar will turn to protect the nature in Madagascar. I wish I could live in Madagascar, maybe one day I will. But no matter where I may be in the world, I will try to help Madagascar. If you want to help too – please don’t hesitate to contact me. All help will be received with great gratitude.
The prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana separated the Madagascar–Antarctica–India landmass from the Africa–South America landmass around 135 million years ago. Madagascar later split from India about 88 million years ago. Along the length of the eastern coast runs a narrow and steep escarpment containing much of the island’s remaining tropical lowland forest.
The island nation of Madagascar has developed its own distinct ecosystems and extraordinary wildlife since it split from the African continent. Today, approximately 95 percent of Madagascar’s reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life, and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth.
Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s fifth largest island; at 144 million acres, it’s almost the size of Texas. Madagascar’s climate is tropical along the coast, temperate inland, and arid in the south. The island harbors lush rain forests, tropical dry forests, plateaus and deserts. Its more than 3,000 miles of coastline and over 250 islands are home to some of the world’s largest coral reef systems and most extensive mangrove areas in the Western Indian Ocean.
Despite a wealth of abundant and diverse natural resources, Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries. Over the past 25 years, the nation’s per capita GDP fell by over 40%. Almost 80% of the total population live along the countryside, where living conditions have continued to decline steadily over the recent years.
Agriculture employ approximately 70% of the workforce. The further advancement of agricultural output has been hampered by the use of farming practices such as slash and burn. This method results in the loss of nutrients in the soil and soil erosion, quickly rendering an area unproductive. This then prompts further slash and burn to exploit the next area.
The significance of the country in terms of flora and fauna cannot be overstated, with an estimated 90% of it being unique to Madagascar.
Therefore, before Covid19, eco-tourism contributed to a potential growth of the island. However, growth of the tourist industry was at risk before Covid19 because of civil unrest in parts of the island and continuing deforestation. The global Covid19 crisis has of course hit Madagascar as well, adding further to poverty and thereof coming rise in instability and more Slash and Burn of Rainforests.
Madagascar’s unique eco-systems are at serious danger of irrevocable destruction, adding more in-balance to the global climate. Saving this treasure of our planet is a global matter, that calls for urgent help from the outside world.
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