Réserve Naturelle de la Malagarazi

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Réserve Naturelle de la Malagarazi

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    800 ha
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    03°55'S 30°13'E
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Réserve Naturelle de la Malagarazi. 14/03/13; Makamba; 800 ha; 03°55'00"S 030°13'00"E. Natural Reserve. A permanent freshwater river surrounded by marshes, forming the Burundian part of the Tanzanian Ramsar Site Malagarasi-Muyovozi Wetlands. It is a very important breeding ground for endemic fishes of the Congo basin and the Sudano-Zambezian ecoregion, hosting several bird species including the endangered Grey Crowned-crane Balearica regulorum, Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash, and the Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis. It is known to support the IUCN Red-Listed Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius and comprises diverse vegetation types including woodlands, gallery forests, savannas and marshes. Its hydrological functions include sediment trapping and maintaining water quality. The main human activities include agriculture, traditional fishing, and the collection of non-timber forest products. The site is threatened by slash and burn agriculture, deforestation, siltation, the use of toxic chemicals in fishing, and waste water discharges from the nearby sugar-producing industry. The designation of this site will permit the elaboration of a common management plan for this transboundary river between Burundi and Tanzania. Ramsar site no. 2150. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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    • Natural Reserve - Réserve Naturelle de la Malagarazi
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