Weʼve raised £50 to fund a project in Madagascar to install solar PV systems to help the local community and support conservation work
- Backwell, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 26th November 2016
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The island nation of Madagascar has developed its own distinct ecosystems and extraordinary wildlife since it split from the supercontinent, Gondwana, an estimated 135 million years ago. Approximately 95% of Madagascar’s reptiles, 89% of its plant life, and 92% of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth.
The aim is to enable field-based research on endangered lemur species and provide a sound scientific knowledge base upon which to build and implement effective conservation strategies for the island. Ultimately, this will help the people of Madagascar to find alternative and sustainable ways of living to safeguard the future of both themselves and the lemurs.
Madagascar's political turmoil has left existing environmental laws that would have protected forests and wildlife unenforced. Throughout the nation, forests have been burned and chopped down to make room for crops and for timber to feed the illegal hardwood trade. This is threatening hundreds of species of animals and plants, including an endangered primate native to Madagascar – the lemur – of which there are around a hundred species, all endemic to the island (i.e. found nowhere else on earth!!!). To top it off, lemurs are also being hunted for meat. Over hunting has already caused extinctions in Madagascar and if it continues these rare lemurs could be next.
Solar panel systems are required to provide power to two field stations set up by The Association Européenne pour l'Étude et la Conservation des Lémuriens (AEECL). There is also a requirement for solar panels for a community-based development program to power a local school.
As well as enabling field-based scientific research, the project set up by the AEECL and Bristol Zoological Society is helping the Malagasy save their natural heritage through development programmes and conservation education. This includes help with cultivation, reforestation, fire control and protection, schools and the provision of drinking water.
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Nov 11, 2016
Have loads of fun in Madagascar and make sure you say hi to King Julian and Mort
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
Enjoy your lovely sunshine holiday among the penguins of madagascar!
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