The system of rice intensification (SRI), developed in Madagascar, is based on a set of practices to manage plants, soil, water and nutrients that reduce seed requirement, save irrigation water, lower the costs of production, while enhancing crop yield. This makes irrigated rice cultivation more productive, profitable and sustainable.

Warming is held responsible for a rash of extinctions of global lizard populations.

Surajeet Das Gupta / New Delhi December 14, 2009, 0:06 IST

Varun Energy Corporation, a group company of steel exporter Varun Industries Limited, has acquired uranium mines in Madagascar, an island nation in the Indian Ocean.

Varun Energy is one of the first private Indian companies to acquire rights directly in this business.

Mankind

Projects in Madagascar could provide a model for stemming deforestation. But first these efforts must deal with the poverty and political upheaval that threaten forests, reports Anjali Nayar.

An emissions trading scheme gives forests a market value on the basis of how much carbon they sequester. It could help to control global warming

Since a military coup forced the president to resign in March, loggers and bushmeat traders have rushed to exploit the country's rich biodiversity.

For more than 40 years, Earth has been sending out distress signals. We have responded through staging processions on Earth days, holding seminars, passing environmental laws and forging a few international treaties, like in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero.

International investors have recently shown a fast-growing interest in land in developing countries. The IIED, the FAO and IFAD drew attention to the phenomenon of large-scale real estate purchases. In this article, two of the study's authors bemoan that international media coverage has since emphasised the risks involved-without much regard for opprtunities.

Endangered lemur species found only in Madagascar are being slaughtered and served up in local restaurants as poachers take advantage of a security vacuum on the island after a coup earlier this year.

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