Initiatives in the field

Lemurs' Park

60% of Madagascar’s wildlife is specific to the island, but deforestation is gaining pace and causing a serious threat to this exceptional biodiversity reserve (the only known drug to fight leukemia is extracted from the Madagascar periwinkle). The local population is largely unaware of the extraordinary richness of its environment.

Colas Madagascar decided it would support a private 5-hecatre botanical park and lemur reserve near the capital city, Antananarivo, as a way of contributing to meeting this formidable challenge. Lemurs’ Park already works in collaboration with the Madagascar Ministry of Water and Forests and other international bodies, 

  • A conservatory of animal and plant life: over the last 10 years, the founders of Lemurs’ Park have introduced 9 species of lemurs and planted 10,000 trees, 900 of which thanks to Colas Madagascar’s contribution, in particular trees of between 1 m and 5 m in height, such as baobabs and other saplings found in southern Madagascar’s dry thorn forests. The trees were harvested with Madagascar’s Fort Dauphin-based NGO Croix du Sud and hauled over distances of 1,000 km by Colas trucks.
  • Scientific work of ecosystem reconstruction: a team of naturalists and qualified staff keep a watch on the park, where new insects, chameleons, birds and baby lemurs from threatened species have begun to appear.
  • The park is also an educational tool: the only way to preserve biodiversity is to provide an environmental education geared to the general public. As such, Colas Madagascar has decided to offer the financing and logistics for visits that allow young underprivileged school children to enjoy a unique and extremely rich environmental experience: 11,000 children and their teachers, hosted by eco-pedagogues, have discovered the importance of their country’s natural heritage. During the last leg of the visit, the children plant an endemic tree (366 trees planted so far) and each participant is given a comic book illustrating how to respect and protect nature in a very concrete way. These visits are now part of the official school program and have made it possible to prevent layoffs during the crisis.
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- njaka.ramarotafika@COLAS.MG