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Madagascar's Forests Get a Reprieve—But for How Long?

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Science  02 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5974, pp. 23-25
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5974.23

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Conservation biologists are cautiously celebrating a victory in the effort to pull Madagascar's unique biota back from the brink of extinction. Last week, after months of pressure from scientists, conservation groups, and foreign diplomats, Madagascar's military rulers announced a ban on the logging and exportation of rosewood, a commodity from a threatened ecosystem. Logging of rosewood was banned before but resumed after a military coup toppled Madagascar's science-friendly government a year ago and relaxed controls. By decree on 24 March, the military government reversed its decision of 6 months earlier.