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Madagascar: Deforestation continues to gain ground in the island

9.3 million hectares of forests were recorded in Madagascar in 2010. With the present deforestation eating away the natural spaces, the NGOs international nature protection and the environment WWF estimates that only 8 million hectares of forest cover, representing a decrease of 14%, will be enumerated on the horizon of 2050 in the country.
A survey of September 2014 revealed that approximately 36,000 hectares of forests between 2005 and 2010 were destroyed annually in the wake of deforestation, including lowland forests like the regions of Atsimo Andrefana and Menabe, the most affected.
Dry and spiny forests of the island also remain at higher risk than rainforests. Burn cultivation, locally called tavy, and charcoal production have wiped out over a large area the ecological lung of Madagascar.


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