Environment in Madagascar

  • Endangered humpback whales of Madagascar

    MADAGASCAR, 2016/10/29 Each year additional than 7,000 humpback whales come from the Antarctic and travel 5,000 km to reproduce off the coast of Madagascar. The humpback whales would be between 4000 and 8000 in the Indian Ocean. Their migration journey takes a lot of areas of shade. Since four years ago,Scientists have undertaken to establish a bank of genetic data. For this, biopsies and crossbow are performed to harvest additional than 2 cm of skin and fat. “We take into account the trajectory of the animal, to prepare for the different behavioral changes, the different changes in movement of the animal. It is always tough emotional to recover these two centimeters and say “ it hurts? Is it being done well?” said Marchesseau, veterinary student in animal behavior.
  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot

    MADAGASCAR, 2013/08/28 The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot with 80 % of its animal species incomparable to the country. But the political upheaval brought on by a coup in 2009 is having knock-on environmental effects. The Andasibe Mantadia forest is a lush rain forest some three hours away from the capital Antananarivo. It's a protected area known for its waterfalls and wildlife and it's home to the world's major species of lemur, the Indri Indri.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.
  • Boost Biodiversity Research 2012-08-04

    MADAGASCAR, 2012/08/04 A new teaching and research facility for biodiversity conservation has been set up close to the Madagascar rainforest at Ranomafana National Park, an area of huge natural diversity.