Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
July 7, 2014
- as seen by -Amy Harclerode
Deforestation and degradation threaten not only the planet’s biodiversity but also the well-being of 1.6 billion people whose homes and livelihoods depend upon forest ecosystems.
This young lady is no different, living on the edge of Makira Natural Park in Madagascar, she is one of 50,000 people neighboring an amazing forest that holds one percent of the world’s biodiversity.
The Wildlife Conservation Society empowers these local communities by providing revenues to improve infrastructure, education and health services; strengthening land tenure security and resource rights; helping girls like these stay connected to their land and culture – maybe the reason for such a beautiful smile.
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