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Endemic species

Cut off from the rest of the world, Madagascar is home to many species found nowhere else, including frogs, reptiles, insects, birds and lemurs.

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Olivier Behra

Captivated by crocodiles

Olivier Behra was born in Maroc, but grew up in Cameroon. He spent his youth in this country exploring the marshes, fascinated by the tropical fish and lizards he found there. He also made a discovery in this country that would dramatically alter his life. A poacher he was accompanying caught a baby crocodile, and Olivier was immediately captivated by this reptile straight out of prehistory.

This fascination led him to travel far and wide to conduct a crocodile inventory across Africa. The census finally brought him to Madagascar, an island whose beauty captivated him to the extent that he would never leave.

Since then, Olivier Behra has been concerned with habitat preservation on this island, which is undergoing intensive deforestation. Destruction of the forests imperils many species of lemurs, emblematic animals of Madagascar.


Protecting the lemurs by involving local people

Cut off from the rest of the world, Madagascar is home to animal species that are found nowhere else, including frogs, reptiles, insects, birds and lemurs. But the wealth of the island’s biodiversity is equalled only by the poverty of its people, whose annual income is often less than $250.00 US. To meet their needs, rural dwellers burn parcels of forest to plant crops. This intensive deforestation threatens the survival of the roughly 30 species of lemurs native to the island.

Olivier Behra quickly realized that the only way to preserve Madagascar’s biodiversity was to get local people involved, so that they could understand the value of their forests. In 1993, he founded the NGO “L'Homme et l'Environnement” with the aim of demonstrating that environmental preservation and human development can go hand in hand.

Cooperating with local communities, he succeeded in halting deforestation by offering economic activity in exchange. In the Vohibola Forest Reserve, locals now harvest medicinal plants, which they transform into essential oils that are sold to pharmaceutical companies and perfume producers.

The NGO L'Homme et l'Environnement is also concerned with the management of two forest reserves, Vohimana and Vohibola, where forest corridors are being planted. These measures should benefit the lemurs.

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Olivier Behra’s livelihood is focussed on preserving the island of Madagascar and its natural wonders, which include the lemurs, a primate species unique to this land.
Links
Olivier Behra (French website)
ONG L’homme et l’environnement (French website)
Parc de lémuriens, Madagascar Parc de lémuriens, Madagascar
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Monsieur

Par LECUYER, 2015-03-17, 12h20

Pour Monsieur Olivier BEHRA Cher Monsieur, Nous venons de créer avec d'anciens politiques africains les PONTS de MONTMARTRE, association loin du lucre et des dorures, constituée pour aider à rapprocher les autorités des pays et qui ont de grands besoins vitaux à satisfaire auprès d'acteurs économiques si possible français ... j'ai vu récemment un reportage sur vos réalisations et vos objectifs conciliant respect et aide des populations avec un développement durable; ils correspondent à ce que nous aimerions aider à dupliquer peu à peu dans le monde entier. Nous avons déjà reçu un très bon accueil de l'Afrique noire francophone et mettrons volontiers si vous le souhaitiez nos ponts à la disposition de votre dynamisme. Renaud LECUYER 06.89.13.48.44 44 rue du Chevalier de la barre 75018 Vieux-Montmartre PARIS

souvenir de famille

Par bordeaux -.Perrier de la Bathie, 2014-08-10, 12h20

J'ai eu mon oncle scientifique HENRI PERRIER DE LA BATHIE qui a fait la flore complète de Madagascar et qui travaillait au jardin des plantes encore dans les années 1942 déjà bien âgé à Paris où ses livres et sa flore existe toujours dans les jardins encore à ce jour Si vous avez connaissance de ce nom merci de me contacter cela me fait pensé à cet oncle si passionnant Marguerite BORDEAUX 74360 La Chapelle d'Abondance .Tel 0681318144 Réponse de Humanima : Voici un lien qui parle de ce botaniste qui est mort en 1958. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Perrier_de_La_Bâthie

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