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Freshwater habitats in #Madagascar are being depleted at an alarming rate suggests new IUCN Report

Freshwater habitats in #Madagascar are being depleted at an alarming rate suggests new IUCN Report

The report, ‘The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot ’, assessed the extinction risk of 653 species of freshwater fish, molluscs, dragonflies, crabs, crayfish, shrimps and aquatic plants in Madagascar and the surrounding Indian islands. It found that 43% of these freshwater species are threatened with extinction – a level of threat that is around double that documented across Africa as a whole. Freshwater species help provide clean water, and support commercial and artisanal fisheries across Madagascar. Major threats to these species include habitat loss and degradation of freshwater ecosystems caused by unsustainable agricultural practices, such as the slash-and-burn approach, as well as overfishing, mining and dam construction, the report found. “We are alarmed to find that so many of Madagascar’s unique f...

Full article: https://www.iucn.org/news/species/201803/almost-half-mada...

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