Madagascar: Too much emphasis on the environment ?
Friday, April 18, 2008
by Lova Rakotomalala
Madagascar is arguably most renowned for its unique biodiversity. However, the focus on the environment is sometimes resented by Malagasies who think it diverts attention away from the hardships of the Malagasy people.
One of the most famous Malagasy artists of all time, Rossy, wrote a famous song called “Resa-babakoto” (translation: discussing the apes) which includes this verse (mg):
Despite Rossy’s artistic exaggerations, there is a real concern among Malagasies that protection of the environment comes at the expense of the local population.