Posted on 19 September 2016
Madagascar is known for its extraordinary diversity, with 11,600 named plant species native to the island and a predicted 3000 additional species waiting discovery and/or scientific naming. At least 83% of the Malagasy flora is found nowhere else on earth. Sadly, only 10% of the original vegetation remains on the island.
Over the last decade, Missouri Botanical Garden’s Madagascar Research and Conservation Program has implemented habitat restoration projects in association with community-based conservation programs at twelve sites scattered throughout the country. In total these sites encompass 61,650 hectares and include an array of native vegetation types. Restoration activities include:
Efforts are also underway with local communities to provide alternative and improved livelihoods from economic activities dependant on the non-sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
Please contact Chris Birkinshaw for more information about Missouri Botanical Garden's work in Madagascar.
Native tree nursery adjacent to the Ankafobe Forest
Firebreaks have been established to protect Ankafobe Forest