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The Africa Context
Antananarivo, Madagascar – June 20-24, 2006

Madagascar, one of the planet's most important biodiversity hotspots, is hosting a major Conservation International symposium that aims to help African nations prosper by protecting their natural habitats. "Defying Nature's End: The African Context" brings together more than 450 international representatives from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and local African communities.

Speakers will include Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana; Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the U.N. Millennium Project; and environmental leaders from around the world. Participants will discuss ways that sustainable management of ecosystems can help reduce poverty and hunger in many African countries.

The symposium findings will be compiled into a set of recommendations called the "Madagascar Declaration." This will outline a strategy for African nations to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty, disease, and environmental destruction by 2015. If African countries succeed in creating economic growth and sustainable development using this conservation-based approach, it's hoped that other nations will follow their example.

For more information, visit the 2006 Global Symposium Web site.

Resources and Links

On the Web:
2006 Global Symposium - Madagascar
Official Blog: Defying Nature's End: The Africa Context
Explore Madagascar

CI Wide
Press Release: "Madagascar Declaration" Focuses Policies On Value of Nature
Press Release: African Symposium To Focus On How Nature Can Help Alleviate Poverty
CI: Defying Nature's End: The Africa Context
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Document: Madagascar Declaration (or en francais)
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