Madagascar, an island nation roughly the size of France but home to a full two percent of the world’s biodiversity, has unveiled a conservation policy roadmap to protect the over 2,300 unique species living there.
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In addition to being the only place in the world you can see a lemur, Madagascar hosts half of the species of chameleons known in existence.
The team of 22 scientists working on the project carefully mapped the range and migration patterns of each species on the island, creating protective zones, and extending special consideration to those most affected by deforestation and development.
The research group, which featured individuals form six different countries, was attempting an effort the scope of which had never been previously attempted. Normally conservationists will focus on one species, and then begin to work on another. But Madagascar presented such a unique set of circumstances: a large area, incredible diversity, imminent threats– that the “one-taxon approach” was deemed no longer viable.
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