Zone Humide de Mandrozo

Paysage de Mandrozo (Ilot sacré)
Héron de Madagascar : Ardea humbloti (EN)
Râle d’Olivier : Amaurornis olivieri (EN)
Aigle pêcheur de Madagascar : Haliaeetus vociferoides (CR)
Aigle pêcheur de Madagascar : Haliaeetus vociferoides (CR)
Eulemur rufus
Vue ensemble lac Mandrozo

Zone Humide de Mandrozo

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    15,145 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    17°32'S 44°05'E
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Zone Humide de Mandrozo, an inland wetland in western Madagascar, covers a permanent freshwater lake, the fifth-largest lake in Madagascar, and surrounding marshes, irrigated rice paddies, areas of dry deciduous forest and savannah. It supports diverse species throughout their life cycles, including at least five threatened waterbirds such as the Madagascar fish eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) and the Sakalava rail (Amaurornis olivieri), as well as the Madagascar big-headed turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) and a range of threatened reptiles. Endemic and endangered plants such as Adansonia madagascariensis and Dalbergia bathiei are also present. The Ramsar Site provides ecosystem services of great importance for the area and the riverside communities. It is an important spawning ground and source of food for fish, and it is also important for irrigation, and so serves as a source of livelihoods for hundreds of dependent families. The Site has cultural value, as local communities promote the sustainable management of resources by traditional agriculture and fishing. The lake also offers potential as an ecotourism destination for the Melaky Region. There is a management plan as well as a restoration plan and monitoring activities covering birds and other animal species.

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    • Zone importante pour la conservation des oiseaux - Melaky
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