Madagascar intro karen freudenberger - slash and burn

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Introduction to Karen Freudenberger's presentation on "Paradise Lost? Lessons from 25 Years of Environment Programs in Madagascar." Music used with permission from Razia Said and Cumbancha Productions

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  • I was a participant in this process; this is not a case of an outsider throwing stones at those doing battle in the ring. These critiques are spoken with no hint of arrogance or superiority, but only sadness at the limits of our collective and in some cases truly heroic efforts.
  • I was a participant in this process; this is not a case of an outsider throwing stones at those doing battle in the ring. These critiques are spoken with no hint of arrogance or superiority, but only sadness at the limits of our collective and in some cases truly heroic efforts.
  • Madagascar intro karen freudenberger - slash and burn

    1. 1. USAID’s Environmental Program in MadagascarA 25 year Retrospective<br />Karen Freudenberger<br />A presentation to the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group<br />20 July 2010<br />
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    11. 11. A hectare of forest lost in Madagascar has a greater negative impact on global biodiversity than a hectare of forest lost virtually anywhere else on earth. U.S. Forest Service <br />
    12. 12. From 1975 to 1985, Madagascar’s forests were cut at a rate of <br />~ 400,000 ha per year.<br />In 1984 USAID opened its mission in Madagascar and launched a prolonged and strategic effort to protect Madagascar’s vanishing biodiversity and the forest resources on which that biodiversity depends.<br />
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    14. 14. In spite of efforts by USAID and other donors, since 1990, Madagascar ... and the world ... have lost nearly two million priceless forest hectares. <br />Just 15 years ago, <br />Madagascar had 11 million ha of forest and 11 million people. <br />Today, <br />she has about 9 million ha of forest and 20 million people.<br />
    15. 15. I am no objective reporter, no outsider throwing stones at those doing battle in the ring.<br />Like many of you, I was an engaged participant in the programs described here. <br />My observations and critiques come with no hint of omniscience ... only with sadness at the limits of our determined efforts.<br />Let us together step back to assess our collective accomplishments and shortcomings and to consider what these imply for future interventions in Madagascar ... and for the environment and people we hold dear.<br />
    16. 16. from her 2010 album <br />Zebu Nation<br />by <br />Razia Said<br />“Slash and Burn”<br />

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