Why Madagascar?

Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Photo by Katie Browne

Silky Sifaka

Silky Sifaka

Photo by Inaki Relanzon

Orchids

Orchids

Photo by Kerry O'Neill

Comet Moth

Comet Moth

Photo by Katie Browne

Silkworm (Antherina suraka)

Silkworm (Antherina suraka)

Photo by Katie Browne

Rainforest by the sea

Rainforest by the sea

Photo by Katie Browne

Diadem Sifaka

Diadem Sifaka

Photo by Kerry O'Neill

Chameleon

Chameleon

Photo by Kerry O'Neill

"Paper Flower" fungus, Masoala

"Paper Flower" fungus, Masoala

Photo by Kerry O'Neill

Tenrec

Tenrec

Photo by Max Freedman

What's Left? - Site Selection:

In the last 50 years, 40% of Madagascar's forests have been cleared. The CPALI site, located in Northeastern Madagascar, is the largest remaining rainforested area in the country. A system of parks connect this track of land and protect the species within, but there is pressure on the parks from all sides.

 

 

Over 300,000 people were economically displaced upon creation of the parks.The founding of the protected area disrupted the residents' traditional use of forest resources for food and cash and created a need for alternative livelihoods and food sources. 

 

 

CPALI is responding by introducing small-scale agricultural production of native silkworms and silk. Farmers that become skilled in cocoon and textile production can add about $200/year to current, yearly incomes of about $140/year.

 

The Red Island

Despite millions of dollars in conservation aid directed to Madagascar, its forests continue to be overexploited, species continue to go extinct, and Madagascar remains a global conservation priority. New approaches to conserve Madagascar's unique plants and animals are needed and must address the economic development and food security of the Malagasy people, a vibrant mix of Indonesian, Persian and African cultures.

 

Current CPALI Site, Located in the largest remaining rainforested area

Contact us:

craig@cpali.org

​Find us: 

712 S. Palouse St., Walla Walla, WA 99362, USA

Varingohatra, Maroantsetra, CP 512, Madagascar

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