MADAGASCAR IS A UNIQUE ISLAND NATION THAT GIVES US A GLIMPSE OF THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS DUE TO THE LOSS OF ITS RAINFORESTS.
AND FOREST LOSS IS ONLY ACCELERATING.
Since 1960, Madagascar has lost almost half of its forests. In fact, it’s estimated that only 10% of the nation’s original forests remain intact.
And forest loss continues to accelerate – losing about 1-2% of its remaining forests per year.
Most of the plant and animal species that live in Madagascar are endemic to the island, meaning they are uniquely adapted to flourish there – and do not naturally exist elsewhere.
As you read this, the impacts of climate change are ravaging the nation – from food insecurity to high rates of malaria and other diseases to worsening tropical storms to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deaths due to these climate impacts are incalculable. Almost all of these events are a direct result of the loss of the natural protection that the rainforest provides.
In 2019, we began working alongside over thirty communities in the Manombo Special Reserve who have identified and designed solutions to halt deforestation of the remaining forests and start to regenerate all of the life that once flourished.
Their solutions start with healthcare and food security.
Communities explained that many people burned remaining trees in the forest for charcoal to sell to afford healthcare for their families. They worked to design a solution: affordable, accessible healthcare provided through frequent mobile clinics. HIH Madagascar started these clinics at the beginning of 2021.
500 patient visits are conducted each month through the mobile clinic service.
Communities also prioritized the need for food security. In the past, people would forage for root vegetables and hunt for meat in the nearby rainforest. However, as the rainforests were depleted, so was their source of nutrition. HIH Madagascar started hosting agricultural trainings last year.
Over 1,925 community members received training in new agricultural methods that will yield multiple crops of vegetables and rice.
Rainforest communities need your support to continue implementing their solutions.
Thanks to a generous group of donors, all donations towards this critical work will be matched up to $10,000 if you give over the next six weeks! Show your support today.