25 years for the conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar
Intensive herpetological fieldwork and taxonomic revisions during the past 15 years have led to a strong increase in the number of chameleon species. During recent field work scientists discovered a colourful and highly distinct species of chameleon, Furcifer timoni, in the isolated rainforests of the Montagne d'Ambre massif 850m above sea level, in northern Madagascar.
What is biodiversity? It's simply a word to talk about the variety of plant and animal species on Earth. Twenty-five years ago, Madagascar signed during the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The purpose of this convention is the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of biological resources and the equitable sharing of the benefits of the exploitation of these resources.
Under the leadership of the Ministry of the Environment, Ecology and Forests, many conservation organizations, including WWF, have joined hands to celebrate International Biodiversity Day. This year's theme for Madagascar: "Combine conservation and development.” Celebrated on May 22 around the world, the event will be celebrated at the American Center Tanjombato this May 23 for Madagascar. Exhibitions, screenings and debates will be on the program of events, which start at 2 pm.