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GOOD NEWS! Madagascar Designates Largest Wildlife Protection Zone

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Madagascar officially designated its largest protected area in a region renowned for its tropical rainforests and rich diversity of wildlife, including 20 species of lemurs, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society

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Gene J (290)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:19 pm
"Outside of the northeast, Madagascar's forests are diminishing due to clearing for subsistence agriculture and cattle grazing. On drier parts of the island, vast swathes of endemic forest have been chopped down for charcoal production. Mining is also have an impact in some areas. "

This is my fear for this wonderful island. It is the MOST protected and isolated ecosystem on the planet. Species exist there that exist no where else. But its people are desperately poor. The article points this out well. How long can they resist the tide of economy over ecology? If there is a place on earth that could be called Eden, this is it. Would that the UN declare it a sanctuary and find a way to provide sustenance for its people that this magnificent, and SOLE, paradise might be protected forever. Or as long as forever will last for homo sapiens. It would cost virtually nothing for the countries that comprise the UN to do this. But will they? Will we? Therein lies the problem. If it isn't in our backyard, we don't give a fig about it. THAT is the history of homo sapiens. And so the fossil record will report to some sentient species long removed from what we are doing to this glorious planet and its beautiful abundance of life.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:44 pm
The Wildlife Conservation Society seems to being making alot of head way this week. Im so pleased that the Madagascar wildlife is finaly being recognized for the importance that it holds for our enviroment. Thank goodness this is a case where deep pckets don't make a difference.

Terry V (30)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:59 pm
An excellent start.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:15 pm
This is very welcome news.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:16 pm

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:39 am
Good that there is a Wildlife protection zone, but there has to be a way of making a living other than subsistence agriculture. Gene Jacoson's comment is spot on.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:23 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:09 am

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:39 am
Yay!!! and Hooray!!! thanx for this encouraging news for the Animals :-) Cal

Bartlomiej T (296)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:28 am
At last :) That's very good news!

David C (129)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:32 am
lets hope it all works well.....

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:04 am
Noted. Very encouraging news! Thank, Cal.

Veronique L (209)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:17 am

Anna M (18)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:18 am

Chief Seattle, 1854

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Michael B (43)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:21 am
Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:36 am
Thanks for sharing.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:39 am
Wonderful news! Noted. Thanks.

Seda A (4)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:49 am
noted, thanks.

pam w (139)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:58 am
That IS good news....for what's left! Millions of species have been wiped off the island.

. (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:39 am
This certinally is good news

. (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:39 am
Gene J. I couldn't agree with you more. You win a battle that results in acreage being protected while all around it the environment is being devastated. This is true in Costa Rica. It is true in the Amazon. It is true in Indonesia; Sumatra and Borneo.
On the other hand if you were those people who had children you would do anything to feed them and to keep them healthy. It's Maslow's heirarchy of needs at work plus the fact that thanks to the internet the world is a smaller place; a place wherein Materialism is glorified and desired at the expense of everything else. If we want to preserve the environment we have to find ways to replace the jobs and industries they are employed at. If the Elites had any soul left at all they would they would fund this. They could take it out of petty cash and use it to balance all the pain and suffering they have caused through all the economic conflicts and depressions they funded to gain control of 90% of the global wealth..Hegel and Jeckle would be pleased.

Dominique Bideau (14)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:41 am
Hope this is a new start, hope it is not too late and I think of all people who work very hard on the ground to save endangered species in Madagascar.

Michael M (60)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:53 am
Well, you know, Cal, Gene, that South Korea has been working on possession of a vast tract of Madagascar to grow food for their nation, and so there will be a large area which will not be able to recover through successional growth back into forest; from what i read, even more forest will be cut to accommodate this.

Mdagascar's primates are unique, as are some other fauna and flora. Habitat lost for any length of time is to them forever.

Michael M (60)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:54 am
Jobs are only relevant in this way:
THe continuing human overpopulation and urbanization resulting in job creation are exactly the problem.

Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:27 am
excellent news

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:33 am
Stunning - but, IS this a case where 'deep pockets don't make a difference'? If you have nothing to feed your children, what would your decision be?? Yes, Madagascar and its environment should be preserved at all costs but, that being said, the human population must first be given a lifeline for sustainable survival.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:14 pm
Good news.

Donna B (36)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:19 pm
Oh, SO happy to hear this good news. Beautiful pics on that site too. Noted. Thx Cal for bringing this good news. Have a great weekend!!

janet f (29)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:26 pm
I'm very happy to hear Madagascar is actively protecting it's forests and wildlife. Those animals and their environment are too important to allow loggers to come in and take what they want.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:52 pm
Happy to hear that it is official for Mirka National Park, Madagascar, so important for its rainforests and vast numbers of species, and now will have this protected area. Thanks to WCS for all their work.
Thanks for posting this article Cal. Appreciated.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:18 pm

Dianne D (490)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:41 pm
That's great. A glimmer of hope in a world that has gotten so bad.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:49 pm
Great news! I simply hope there are enough people to fight poachers efficiently.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:50 pm
Good news.

Susie S. (4)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:09 pm
great news!!

Anne K (139)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:32 pm
Thanks for the news, Cal. I have wanted to visit Madagascar and see lemurs since I was a teenager.

Tatiana T (92)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:40 pm
Wonderful. Thanks for the good news!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:26 pm
Cool :)

Christeen Anderson (371)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:46 pm
Thank you for sharing this good news.

Emily Drew (88)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:37 pm

JM A (176)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:10 pm

Colleen L (3)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:56 pm
Wonderful news. Thanks Cal

Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:15 am
excellent news

Ruth C (87)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:46 am
Lets see if they mean what they say and say what they mean!

Gloria p (304)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:58 am

Gvapo T (22)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 5:41 am
Thanks for sharing.
I hope that Madagascar will make it.
They have ruined so much there so far.
This is a good start and nice promise for the future.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 7:10 am
Great news!

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:30 pm
fantastic news Cal thanks so much for posting i only hope its not to late for lemurs! Npoted

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:31 pm
also i love the pic of the Fossa

Dawn F (3)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:36 pm
This is great & why we all are doing this! Sooooo much more to do!

Lisa Neste (207)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:19 pm
Some encouraging news, thanks for posting!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 11:01 pm
beautiful news, indeed! Life is given to beings so that actual living can take place. We must never harm our Earth relatives.

Nicole W (646)
Monday August 20, 2012, 12:44 pm
thank you Cal!!!!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday September 3, 2012, 8:36 am
This is the right step for Madagascar!
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