In pictures: Conserving Madagascar's coast

Narrow network

The arid south-west is one of the island's poorest regions.

There are few roads and the spiny forest of this semi-desert landscape is crossed only by a network of narrow cart tracks.

Most places are best reached by pirogue - wooden boats of the local Vezo people.

The United Nations children's charity, Unicef, estimates that more than two-thirds of Madagascar's 19m people live below the poverty line.

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