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Last chance for Madagascar’s biodiversity

Madagascar’s recently elected president ran on a platform of improving the economy and raising people out of poverty. We suggest that addressing the precipitous decline of biodiversity will help to deliver this commitment, and we lay out ways in which President Rajoelina could firmly put the country on a trajectory towards sustainable growth.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to J. Rehebein for help with the figure and to R. Rocha, R. Perkins, T. Roland Frederic, C. Scarffe and Madagasikara Voakajy who provided images. J.P.G.J. acknowledges NE/K010220-1.

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Correspondence to Julia P. G. Jones.

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Fig. 1: Madagascar’s protected area network showing forest cover1 and pressing threats.

Chris Scarffe Film & Photography Ltd (a,g), Tahina Roland Frédéric (b,c), Madagasiakara Voakajy (d), Ricardo Rocha (e) and Rosey Perkins (f).