High School ECOSOC - UN Forum on Forests


Kaylia Blair

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Country: Madagascar                                               Delegate: Kaylia Blair

High School ECOSOC – UN Forum on Forests

My country, Madagascar, is a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. It is the largest island in the world and is well known for pepper, vanilla and lemurs. According to, 22.1% or about 12,838,000 hectares of Madagascar is forested. Of this, 80.6% or roughly 10,347,000 hectares is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse form of forest. Between 1990 and 2000, Madagascar lost an average of 66,900 hectares of forest per year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation of 0.49%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change decreased by 41.9% to 0.28% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, my country lost 6.2% of its forest cover, or around 854,000 hectares. My country lost 156,000 hectares of its primary ...