WWF and Madagascar Parks Reach Preservation Agreement
This week the World Wildlife Fund announced that they’ve signed an agreement with the Madagascar National Parks organization to protect and develop over 12 million acres of land. Madagascar is widely known as one of the most bio-diverse areas on earth and this agreement is expected to help cultivate that diversity and help it continue to grow. According to the WWF, the overall goal is simply to help the Madagascar National Parks group manage the land better and helps prevent pollution and human effects from destroying the precious ecosystem.
Officials from the Madagascar National Parks say that their biggest concern currently is deforestation by large corporations; by adding these 17 million acres of land to the national parks they are effectively stopping that progression. In addition to creating significant protected areas the agreement between the WWF and Madagascar will provide means for better surveying of active deforesting areas. By better understanding what is actually happening officials hope they will be able to do a better job stopping the rampant deforestation happening all around the country. The exact details of what they plan to do and how they plan to make a difference have not been released at this time, but the WWF is well known for getting the job done and environmental officials are expecting that this will be another great success story for the WWF in the coming years.
The Madagascar National Parks organization has been working hard to stop the destruction over the past decade and so far they have seen some relative success. Deforestation is decreasing significantly on the island and they feel that this push from the WWF may be just enough to help reduce it even further. Madagascar is one of the world’s most unique and interesting ecosystems and it is great to see large groups like the WWF pushing hard to save the wildlife and preserve as much untouched land as possible. At this time the protection agreement is guaranteed for 3 years, but the WWF has said they plan to continue support after the time period ends, assuming the Madagascar National Parks organization continues to request it.
Overall this agreement is great news for the environmental protection of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. Madagascar is home to nearly 300,000 species of animals and plants that need to be protected from deforestation and widespread clear cutting. This mission is particularly important because a vast majority of species on the island is native to only the island, so this is the only opportunity to save them. Fortunately the WWF and Madagascar National Parks both agree that this agreement and the follow on actions are going to be a huge success for Madagascar, the environment, and all of the island’s native species.