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A brief history of Madagascar

Madagascar is a unique and wonderful island situated off the east coast of Mozambique in Africa. What makes Madagascar really special are it's unique plants and animals.

When it split from the continent of Africa 160 million years ago life there was isolated and has evolved into many unique species not to be found anywhere else on the planet.

Today many of these wonderful species are under serious threat of extinction. Madagascar is a very poor country with most people living below the International Poverty Line of $1.25 a day.

This poverty leads people to burn down the trees so they can grow crops and ironically, our wish to use recyclable materials in our packaging has lead to forests being cleared to grow products such as Sisal.

This in turn leads to isolated patches of forest where the animals are effectively trapped. Thanks to the work by organisations such as the AEECL and Carbon-info.org essential new corridors are being planted between these islands.

A mere 10% of Madagascar's forests remain today so replanting is essential to the survival of most of the island's species of fauna and flora.

We are very proud to be a small part of this important and essential project which benefits not only the Blue-Eyed Black lemur but other animals living in the same forests and of course the locals who are responsible for growing the seedlings and planting the trees.

Since 2006 Woodenwidget has planted nearly 1000 trees in Madagascar. The latest trees have been purchased through www.carbon-info.org a non profit organisation who work in association with AEECL (Association Européenne pour l'Etude et la Conservation des Lémuriens)

The trees are being planted mainly to help save the Blue Eyed Black Lemur, one of the most endangered lemurs in the world and also help to absorb CO2 and thus reduce the effects of global warming. 

Blue-eyed black lemur
By buying Woodenwidget dinghy plans you are helping the Blue-eyed Black Lemur in Madagascar, one of the rarest and most endangered lemurs.

We will plant a tree in Madagascar for every set of plans sold!