The complex Mahavavy-Kinkony

  • Status: New Protected Area
  • Sponsor: Asity Madagascar
  • Area: 300 000 Ha
  • Population: 60 452
  • Geolocation: in the North west of Madagascar, Mahajanga, Region of Boeny
  • Funded since: 2010

The wetlands Mahavavy Kinkony complex is located in the province of Mahajanga, in the region of Boeny and Mitsinjo district.

The site covers a total area of 300 000 ha, including different types of natural ecosystem whose Mahavavy river, Kinkony lake and its satellite lakes, mangroves, coastal beaches, Tsiombikibo dry forest and the galleries along the river and the palm savannah.

Mahavavy Kinkony is in the category V according to the IUCN classification. The conservation of the New Protected Area is provided by Asity Madagascar since 2002 and aims to conserve the biodiversity and the sustanaible management of the wetlands.

About its flora, 246 floral species were seen and recorded. We can mention one among others Milletia aurea (en), borassus madagascariensis (vu) which is a home for megachiroptera.

For its fauna, the site is a home for several species such as primates whose Microcebus, Propithecus deckeni or Eulemur mongoz (en).

 Y sont répertoriées aussi 30 espèces de poissons, 37 espèces herpetofaunes et 133 espèces d’oiseaux. Le complexe de Mahavavy Kinkony est plutôt connu par sa richesse aviaire, surtout en oiseaux aquatiques. Nous pouvons distinguer le Gravelot de Madagascar, le Râle d’Olivier (Amaurornis Olivieri), l’Aigle pêcheur de Madagascar (Haliaaetus Vociferoides) ou le Charadrius Thoracius. 30 species of fishes, 37 species "herpetofaunes" and 133 species of birds are also recorded there. The complex Mahavavy Kinkony is particularly known by its aviary richness, and especially in aquatic birds. We can distinguish the Gravelot of Madagascar, the groan of Olivier (Amaurornis Olivieri),

Mahavavy Kinkony, it is also reptiles such as Erymnochelys madagascariensis (CR) and fishes such as paretroplus petiti (en) and paretroplus kieneri (VU), and finally chiroptera were seen such as Triaenops furculus (VU), Myzopoda aurita (VU) and Pteropus rufus (VU).

In terms of pressures, the complex Mahavavy Kinkony undergoes watershed degradation due to soil erosion. There is also the silting of lakes and arable plains, changing physicochemical parameters of the water and the lake bottom, clearing and degradation of aquatic plants and habitat.

Mahavavy Kinkony