Luke Jackson wrote -
Approximately 92 percent of Madagascar’s reptiles, 68 percent of its plant life and 98 percent of its land mammals, including lemurs, exist naturally nowhere else on Earth.
Deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and erosion fueled by human population growth all jeopardize the island’s unique habitats. As a result, several charismatic species such as lemurs and chameleons that evolved here over millions of years may become extinct before the end of the century.
As Madagascar's forests continue to be cut, soil erosion is leaving the land bare yet unfit for agriculture. Increased sediment loads are silting estuaries and smothering sensitive marine habitats. This is having a devastating impact on the island’s marine species as well as the livelihoods of local fishing communities.
The rich waters surrounding Madagascar are important fisheries for local communities, who rely on them for livelihoods and as a source of protein. However, poorly regulated fishing has resulted in the arrival of foreign fleets. These boats push aside smaller-scale fishermen and unsustainably harvest marine species such as shark and lobster.
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