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Sahamalaza-Iles Radama

Sahamalaza-Iles Radama

Located on the north-west coast of Madagascar, this biosphere reserve contributes to the conservation of three specific habitats: dry semi-deciduous forest, mangrove forest and coral reefs. The forest is one of the few remaining patches of dry littoral forest on the west coast of Madagascar. About 42% of the species are endemic here. The mangrove forests are made up of eight different species known to Madagascar. The mangroves are inhabited by mangrove crabs, fish, shell-fish that are exploited by the local population. The low, dry coastal forest hosts local endemic species of lemurs in danger of extinction. The marine ecosystem comprises coral reefs, sea grass beds, steep reefs, sandy-muddy sea beds and mud flats. It contains 216 species of corals and invertebrates, 168 species of fishand 3 species of marine mammals (dolphins, whale).

Declaration Date: 2001

Country: Madagascar

Surface Area: 153.200 ha

Resident population: 7.000 inhabitants

Contact: Christian Olivier Mahefa

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