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In Madagascar, rush for precious stones threatens a precious forest

By Bruno Vander Velde

April 4, 2017
The recent “sapphire rush” in Madagascar poses an urgent and destructive threat to the nation’s forests and people.
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Mid-altitude humid rainforest in Tolongoina, Fandriana Vondrozo corridor, Madagascar
© Conservation International/photo by Andriambolantsoa Rasolohery

In cyclone-plagued country, forests help farmers recover

By Sophie Bertazzo

May 24, 2016
A new study explores the impacts of cyclones on Madagascar’s vulnerable smallholder farmers, who are often forced to turn to nature for survival.
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