Deforestation in Madagascar
A quick snap out the window on the day we drove back from the North to Tana. A near full day drive, much of it past landscapes like these that are effectively wasteland. As much as 90% of Madagascar's forests are cleared, mostly using "Tavy", the local name for slash-and-burn agriculture where forests are cleared by fire in order to enable a few cycles of rice cultivation, leaving the soil depleted afterwards.
The practice is beyond saddening. Not only is there the permanent loss of the forests and its many species (of which many without a doubt were never described, and never will be, they are gone), in addition the method itself is ultimately self defeating to people in the long term due to inefficient use of agricultural land.
Madagascar's poverty is to devastating and widespread though, that people cannot afford to think about the long term as they need the charcoal and rice on the short term for immediate survival.
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