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Yearbook 2008

Madagascar. Although the country is one of the world's poorest, constantly exposed to severe tropical storms, and with about three-quarters of the population referred to survive for less than $ 15 a day, Madagascar pursues an ambitious environmental policy. The government has succeeded in slowing the pace of deforestation, despite the rural population's great need for new agricultural land. In June, the government signed an agreement with France that a debt of approximately SEK 140 million be written off and the sum transferred to an environmental protection fund. According to Countryaah reports, the money will be used partly to protect the forests with their unique flora and fauna, and partly to strengthen the local communities' opportunities to find livelihoods and economic development without affecting the environment.

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