One of Madagascar’s most pressing environmental issues is deforestation, whether due to illegal logging of precious wood such as Rosewood or Palisander, or slash and burn agriculture practices. These forests provide the habitat for most of Madagascar’s rare and unique creatures and the rapid deforestation rate is their biggest threat. It is very promising that the country has committed to tackling this issue head-on. With a recent vow by the Prime Minister to reforest up to 80,000 hectares of land every year, it is the new Environment Minister’s job to make sure these targets are met. Madagascar’s current Environment Minister, Alexandre Georget, is one of the founders of the country’s first Green Party, and a passionate advocate for environmental reform. Real Madagascar Travel commends these measures by the Madagascar government and wish them all the best in their endeavours!