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The Coral Reefs of Andavadoaka, south west Madagascar

  • Monday, 05 March 2007 04:30
Blue Ventures Conservation

Introduction

The terrestrial environment of Madagascar has for many years been the focus of national and international conservation efforts owing to the vulnerability of its abundant endemic flora and fauna. As a consequence, its extensive marina ecosystems - encompassing coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds- have been relatively ignored. Despite this bias, an increasing amount of attention has been given to the marine and coastal environment as a principal focus of the third phase of Madagascar's environmental plan, following the country's commitment to create 6 million hectares of protected areas.