Zones humides de l'Onilahy

Le fleuve Onilahy
Fourrée xérophytes
Champs de culture autour du fleuve
Fourrée xérophytes à Euphorbia
Riziculture dans la basse vallée de l'Onilahy
Plantation de mais sur le Baiboho
Forêt ripicole
Forêt ripicole le long de l'Onilahy
Vue sur le fleuve Onilahy
Un des sept lacs à Ifanoto
Buteo brachypterus

Zones humides de l'Onilahy

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    42,950 ha
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    23°30'S 44°02'E
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The Site is located in the Amoron’i Onilahy Protected Area in the south-west of Madagascar. It covers a 75-kilometre stretch of the lower Onilahy River, and features the adjacent valleys, rivers and channels, lakes, marshes and swamps, as well as gallery forests from the Mahafaly Plateau and the Belomotra Plateau on each side of the river. The Site is notable for the high degree of heterogeneity of its habitats as well as the rate of endemism of its unique flora and fauna. It provides key habitats for a wide range of animal species: 27 mammals are listed, including six endemic lemurs such as the endangered Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi; 56 reptile species including crocodiles, amphibians and two species of freshwater turtles; 79 bird species including the endangered Ardeola idae and Ardea humbloti; and the recently identified toadfish Allenbatrachus meridionalis. The wetlands are directly threatened by the expansion of agriculture and indirectly by the production of charcoal upstream, which promotes erosion. WWF supported the establishment of the Protected Area and has helped local resource-dependent communities identify alternative sustainable livelihoods.

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    • Aire protégée - Sud-Ouest
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