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Madagascar’s mangrove forests are amongst the largest in the Indian Ocean, harbouring exceptional marine biodiversity that is critical to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of coastal people. From wood harvested from mangrove trees to shrimps and mud crabs fished from mangrove lagoons, these unique marine forests are fundamental to the survival of some the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised coastal communities. Yet, for the very reason that mangroves provide so many valuable services to people, they are being lost at unprecedented rates, faster than any other forest type on the island.
Madagascar’s coastal populations hold the key to tackling mangrove deforestation, and Blue Ventures has been working with fishing communities throughout the country for over a decade to empower local people to protect this unique island’s threatened marine environments.