By Alison Clausen
With the climate talks in Paris wrapping up, attention will soon move to how we convert the commitments into practical solutions to meeting the challenges posed by climate change to social and ecological systems. One country in particular is looking to Paris and relying on substantive commitments to help it conserve and recover its remarkable natural heritage, and help its population cope with the impacts of climate change: Madagascar.
Madagascar with its unique biodiversity and rapidly growing and predominantly poor, rural population is typically found on the ‘top ten’ of countries the most vulnerable to climate change. Extremely high exposure to climate impacts due to its geographical position, coupled with equally low adaptive capacity amongst its institutions, populations and ecosystems means that this dubious honor is highly warranted.
Yet as we seek to demonstrate in this slide presentation, all is not lost. Climate solutions exist. What’s more they are already working. What Madagascar – and arguably much of the rest of the developing world – now requires is an assured and sustainable source of financing to help scale up these initiatives to have an effect at the national and international level.
Alison Clausen is Madagascar Country Director for WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).