Prison for protecting the rainforest


Help protect the rainforests

Clovis Razafimalala loves Madagascar’s rainforest.

The father of two young children and environmental activist is doing everything he can to protect its endangered, ruby-coloured rosewood trees. But a corrupt network of smugglers will stop at nothing to silence Clovis and others like him. They’re driven by the billions of dollars they can pocket from the illegal sale of this exquisite tree.

Despite laws against it, the black market in rosewood is booming, reinforcing the influence of the smugglers at its heart. Clovis and his fellow activists are bravely standing up to them while the government looks away. Their activism comes at a cost. In September 2016, Clovis was imprisoned, accused of leading a violent protest. Witnesses said he was at a restaurant at the time, but were never interviewed as part of the investigation.

This was not the first time Clovis had been targeted. In 2009, his house was fire bombed. He has also been repeatedly offered – and has refused – bribes to stop defending Madagascar’s endangered forest.

In July 2017, Clovis was convicted on false charges and given a five-year suspended sentence. He could be jailed at any time if he dares continue his activism.


  1. The wonders of this land need to be passed on to the next generation for them to have a chance to see and to feel how magic the world is and can be. Therefore it is far more amusing to support life as it is going through veins of activists, freedom fighters than to celebrate death by being accommodated with traffickers’ perverted desires of excessive wealth. What is to live a life if our own behaviour does not back the basic rules of life: trees are precious, freedom to speak is precious…

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