New Hope for Madagascar?

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Sifaka. Lemur Island; Andasibe Diademed sifaka, found only in Madagascar, can leap 30 feet in a single bound (Photo: Cristina Mittermeier)

I recently posted here about signs of improvement in the political shambles that has passed for government in Madagascar over the past five years.  My article was mainly about an emergency plan to save the island’s charismatic lemurs from extinction.

Conservation International’s Russ Mittermeier visited last month with the new president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and today he published this optimistic report.

Here’s an excerpt:

Rajaonarimampianina expressed his commitment to end the rosewood trade. He was also well aware of the importance of lemurs and other endemic species as major economic resources for the country, was very interested in ecotourism as a major potential foreign exchange earner, and clearly understood the value of Madagascar’s protected areas as essential sources of ecosystem services for human well-being. He also came across as a very…

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