National Geographic : 1993 Apr
Paradise against all odds "A perfumed country caressed by the sun," wrote Frenchpoet Charles Baudelaire of this crowded nation ringed with coral lagoons and crowned with volcanic peaks. But problems lurk in surroundingCA EA waters, where MADAGASC \d ri odr s1 waste was dumped during a MAuRUS furious buildup of tourism and manufac turing in the 1980s. A Ministry of the Environment was created in 1990 after the World Bank slammed the island's lax pollution control. AREA: 788 sq. mi. (with Rodrigues and smaller islands). POP ULATION: 1,100,000. CAPITAL: Port Louis, pop. 142,000. GOVERN MENT: Parliamentary democracy. ECONOMY: Sugar, textiles, tourism.