Madagascar CO2 Project Connects Broken Rain Forest
"You get 230 tonnes of carbon credit per hectare of new indigenous forest planted,"
- Rainer Dolch, coordinator of local green NGO Mitsinj
Andasibe, Madagascar - Youssouf is like a proud father as he shows a group of visitors the seedlings in his nursery.
"These are the children I take care of," he says as he points to the neat rows of thousands of baby trees sprouting beneath makeshift roofs of straw and bamboo, put there to partly shield them from the tropical sun.
Youssouf's charges are part of an innovative Madagascar project which aims to reap the benefits of the emerging market in carbon credits while reconnecting fragmented patches of scarce rain forest.