Stories written by Lova Rabary-Rakotondravony

Illegal Logging Spreading in Madagascar

The transitional authorities in Madagascar are struggling to overcome the problem of illegal logging of precious wood. In spite of an April 2010 decree that prohibits the logging, transporting, trading and export of precious woods, felling in the forests is still continuing.

Open drains in Ankorondrano-Andranomahery. Credit:  Lova Rabary-Rakotondravony/IPS

MADAGASCAR: Applying Local Resources to Sanitation

"We're calling on all citizens," said Riovoarilala Rakotondrabe, putting the final touches on a giant poster announcing a massive community clean-up for the coming Sunday.

Children searching for firewood in the forest near Manompana, on the east coast of Madagascar. Credit:  Lova Rabary-Rakotondravony/IPS

MADAGASCAR: Worrying Lapse in Forest Management

The illegal logging of precious wood rose sharply during the political crisis that gripped Madagascar during 2009. Forest communities, who could be part of the preservation of these resources, have been swept up in the rush for rosewood.