25 Aug '11, 6am

Could "wood bank" ease Madagascar's illegal logging problem? ~ ~ #Eco #forests #tree #conservation

How to end Madagascar's logging crisis (02/10/2010) In the aftermath of a military coup last March, Madagascar's rainforests have been pillaged for precious hardwoods, including rosewood and ebonies. Tens of thousands of hectares have been affected, including some of the island's most biologically-diverse national parks: Marojejy, Masoala, and Makira. Illegal logging has also spurred the rise of a commercial bushmeat trade. Hunters are now slaughtering rare and gentle lemurs for restaurants. Coup leaders sell out Madagascar's forests, people (01/27/2010) Madagascar is renowned for its biological richness. Located off the eastern coast of southern Africa and slightly larger than California, the island has an eclectic collection of plants and animals, more than 80 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world. But Madagascar's biological bounty has been under siege fo...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0825-rosewood_bank.html

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