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Extraits de News sur Madagascar – Economie – Vie Sociale- Politique – Environnement

In Culture, Economics, French, Pictures, Politics, Society on September 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

De toute évidence, la question de l’environnement, préservation des cultures et de la flore et faune est un sujet intarissable mais aussi pointu à Madagascar.

Environmental issues take huge proportions in this biodiversity jewel. Addressed inadequately, they cascade down into social and economic disasters. Madagascar, if at all, is on a very long road to recovery. It will take changing the whole mentality and going back to its own sources. Will that ever happen?

Invasion de crickets à Tana

(France24.com)

Comments on this article by by Jennifer S. Holland and on this other one are more than enough to make Madagascar realize that information is important. Comments can be outrageous.

And as a response yes, people, the common people DO care that there is an invasion with all that it implies. Lack of timeliness, and understanding of the importance of consistency in measures against crickets invasion, consistency being crucial due to the length of the biological cycle of the crickets, is deplorable. Efficacy and efficiency is sacrificed to “political” agendas and economic constraints. That being said, two or three serious issues remain: 1) The population at large is victimized and they DO care and are defenseless; 2) Information is not sufficient as people do not understand that environmental issues have contributed to make crickets unedible – Yes, some people eat crickets in Madagascar just as some people eat dog food in industrialized countries – 3) The economic situation has been critical for too long of a period: people worry about daily survival more than anything else. They lack the energy to think forward.

Trafic de Produits Rares, Semi-précieux et Précieux

Des engagements ont été pris par les autorités publiques, les forces de l’ordre, mais le trafic de bois de rose à Madagascar continue à subsister. Apparemment, il s’agit d’un véritable réseau que ni dirigeants ni forces de l’ordre n’arrivent plus à maitriser devant l’ampleur du  trafic.

Des responsables des forces de l’ordre affirment pourtant que des bateaux assurent le transport des cargaisons vers des destinations qui ne sont pas inconnues : des ports de l’Afrique,  et que la destination finale serait la Chine Continentale .   Nul n’est pourtant sans savoir que ces bois précieux  font  partie des ressources naturelles des aires protégées de la Grande île, mais les autorités semblent impuissantes devant ce trafic. Où en est la réglementation concernant la protection de ces richesses naturelles  à Madagascar ? L’association AVG (Alliance Voahary Gasy) s’est engagée pour éradiquer ce mal  jusqu’à même demander l’application de peines pénales. Encore faut-il que cette association puisse, à travers ses actions, mener à bout ses bonnes intentions.

Il n’est pas exclu de supposer qu’une corruption à grande échelle empêche l’éclaircissement de l’affaire. D’autant plus, le manque de mécanisme de pénalisations  serait un facteur d’échec d’une opération concrète pour une intervention efficace.

La mise en place d’une  juridiction spéciale deviendrait un impératif autrement ces exportations illicites vont continuer. C’est le mal de tous les pays sous développés, car ces exportations ne privilègent que quelques individus. Faut-il  instaurer des moyens plus légaux pour la vente de ce genre de produits ? ou aussi créer une industrie ? ou encore, ériger une loi internationale ? L’implication plus soutenue de la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (CITES) serait souhaitée.

Eliane Raeliarisoa, Consultante Juridique

Related to this article: Transformer le bois de rose localement

Panic and Ebola: Potential Threat in Madagascar with Frontiers Remaining Open

It could not fail: the latest worldwide concern is emerging in Madagascar: Ebola virus! The situation could become crucial if points of entries are not strictly observed. Apparently the Ministry of Health has taken some measures at Ivato, the international airport, following a suspicion of Ebola case from a citizen who left Liberia. The subject has tested negative, according to offical sources following tests at the Pasteur Institute.

Panic at Tamatave where a boat from Liberia, among other stopping points, had coasted, despite refusal from authorities. With frontiers remaining open in the absence of restrictive recommendations from the Indian Ocean Commission,  will the US$300,000 budget will be enough to prevent any potentially devastating contamination in this extremely vulnerable country?

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