The end of slash-and-burn in Anjouan
Although slash-and-burn was still in use ten years ago in the Comoros islands, today it has virtually been forgotten, particularly on Anjouan where emphasis has been placed on improving farming practices through training and education. Farmers have been instructed in the use of simple and effective farming methods which are kinder on the soil, unlike the devastating slash-and-burn method.
World Wide Views on Biodiversity: Réunion gets involved!
4000 citizens of the world participated in the International "World Wide Views on Biodiversity" Day on September 15. In France, two regions were involved: the Nord Pas de Calais Region and Reunion. Citizens’ views will help in decision-making for a future international agreement on biodiversity.
Red locusts reveal their colour code
From now on, it will be possible to warn of the danger of upcoming locust swarms, basedon the colour of the insects, thanks to a recent CIRAD study of red locusts in Madagascar. The study team succeeded in quantifying the link between locust density and the colour of the different parts of the insects' bodies. These results mean that colour variations can now be used as an early indicator of gregarization.