Lac Kinkony

Erymnochelys madagascariensis au lac Kinkony
Borassus madagascariensis, une plante endémique Malagasy a Marandravy, Lac Kinkony

Lac Kinkony

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    13,800 ha
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    17°32'S 44°05'E
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Lac Kinkony. 05/06/12; Mahajanga; 13,800 ha; 16°08'S 045°49'E. Within Protected Area, Important Bird Area. A permanent freshwater lake situated in western Madagascar in the Mahavavy basin that supports the livelihoods of several local communities that depend on fishery and rice agriculture carried out along the banks. The vegetation is dominated by Phragmites mauritianus, which acts as a nesting ground and refuge for several water fauna including 45 species of waterbirds, four of which are threatened, and the endemic and endangered Sakalava Rail (Amaurornis olivieri). The site is an important source of food and a spawning ground for 18 species of fishes, including the endangered Paretroplus dambabe and the vulnerable Paretroplus kieneri as well as freshwater tortoise. The lake is threatened by overfishing and the use of unregulated fishing techniques, the conversion of marshes into rice farms, and the destruction of the drainage basins for agriculture. The Ramsar Site is part of the Mahavavy Kinkony protected area; there is a management plan, and a community-based organization has been created to regulate fishing and agricultural activities and ensure sustainable management of the lake's resources. Ramsar Site no. 2048. Most recent RIS information 2012.

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    • Hunting reserve
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