Protecting Madagascar’s lemurs for carbon credits is a sweet deal

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Protecting Madagascar’s lemurs for carbon credits is a sweet deal

Chocolatier Beyond Good says there are five lemur species found in cocoa copses on the African island nation

Antony Sguazzin

Beyond Good, a maker of premium chocolate in Madagascar, aims to start selling carbon credits as it works with cocoa farmers to boost reforestation and provide a safer habitat for lemurs.

The company, based in New York, is working with Conservation International and the UK’s Bristol Zoo after identifying five species of lemurs, and possibly a sixth, in copses of trees under which the Criollo cocoa variety used to make their chocolate is grown. 

It is setting up corridors - initially using boxes and later shade trees - between patches of forest so that the endangered primates, found only in Madagascar, can move around without the risk of being killed by predators such as dogs. With much of the area having been cleared to grow rice and tobacco, saving the forest may help increase their numbers outside protected areas and, ultimately, allow for the sale of carbon credits...

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