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Video: Madagascar could become “Haiti-like”

Niall O’Connor from the World Wildlife Fund warns in a Carte Blanche production that if the ecological destruction of Madagascar continues, the poor island country could become “Haiti-like”, where he says, “most of the biodiversity, most of the forests are gone”.

Carte Blanche, an African investigative journalism show, went to Madagascar to look into the current environmental crisis where rosewood is being logged in National Parks threatening Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.

The program catches up with local tour guides who are fighting the illegal rosewood trade and lemur-research Erik Patel, who is studying one of Madagascar’s most endangered lemurs: the Critically Endangered, silky sifaka. The segment is available below in two parts.

Part One: Madagascar, courtesy of Carte Blanche

Part Two: Madagascar, courtesy of Carte Blanche

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