While the island’s eastern part is covered by lush tropical rain forests, spiny vegetation is typical for the drier south and west.
But Madagascar’s forests are not only marvelled on by ecologists and visitors from around the world – they also represent an important source of income for local communities.
Many malagasy people are extremely dependent on forest products. Charcoal is generally used for cooking, since cooking gas is too expensive for the majority of the population. Houses, boats and fences are built from timber.
It is thus crucial to manage these forests sustainably – both for the conservation of species that exist nowhere else on the planet, and for the economic viability of the population.