andringitra
ankarafantsika
ankarana
baie de baly
bemaraha
isalo
mantadia
marojejy
masoala
montagne ambre
ranomafana
tsimanampesotse
namoroko
 

national parks and reserves


in 1771, the french botanist philibert de commerson wrote about madagascar as the truly naturalistís promised land. the diversity of the climate is at the origin of the variety of the vegetation and hence of the fauna of the island. it is well admitted though that since the first arrival of human being on the island some 2í000 years ago, 90% of the natural vegetation has disappeared and still continues depleting at an alarming pace, 200í000 ha of forest disappears every year. todayís generation main task is to stop that hustling degradation and to preserve what is left of the original vegetation. the settlement of national parks is by far the most efficient means for preservation.

at this time, madagascar counts forty five national parks and preserves and two marine national parks, the whole makes up 3% of madagascarís surface. the malagasy government plans to hike the surface area of national parks up to 10% of the net area of the island yet, focusing on efficiently protecting present national parks shall be given priority over anything else and remains by far the most serious challenge facing the state.
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