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Rainforests Of The Atsinanana - Madagascar

 

Map showing the location of the six parks and reserves (Marojejy, Masaola, Zahamena, Ranomafana, Andringitra and Andohahela) which make up the Rainforests of Atsinanana world heritage site, Madagascar

 

 

Area (serial site): 4,796 km

Inscribed: 2007

Criteria: (ix) ecological processes; (x) biodiversity

Values:  The six national parks which make up this serial site (namely Marojejy, Masaola, Zahamena, Ranomafana, Andringitra and Andohahela) are located along the 1,600 kilometre length of eastern Madagascar and represent the remnants of rainforests that used to cover much of the eastern half of the country.  They are critically important for maintaining the ecological processes which have resulted in Madagascar's unique biodiversity. Ninety seven percent of the species found in these moist forests occur only in Madagascar, and the site protects two-thirds of the island's mammals, including 25 species of lemur.

 

 

 

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Masaola National Park is the only site with low-lying rainforest reaching the coast in the Rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site in MadagascarNinety seven percent of the species in Madagascar's moist forests are found nowehere else on earth, making the rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site exceptionally important for global biodiversity conservation efforts  Two thirds of Madagascar's mammals, including 25 species of lemur, are protected within the Rainforests of Atsinanana world heritage siteChameleons have diversified into an extraordinary array of endemic species in Madagascar and form an important element of the island's biodiversity, protected within the Rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site

 

 

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