Deforestation in Madagascar

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  • Thretes for the TRF
    • Economic causes
      • In the 20th century the Madagascan government sold rain forest timber to pay the interest on international debt.
      • illegal logging is a big issue because:
        • There is high demand for rosewood timber
        • Illegal logging pays well tempting for the vast number of poor Madagascans
        • Police and government officials often allow illegal logging in return for money.
    • Social causes
      • The increese in population= more pressure on the amount of land needed for agriculture farmers use their tavy plots which exhausts soil fertility meaning more plots have to be cleared

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