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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Madagascar

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Rainforests of the Atsinanana is a World Heritage Site of Madagascar. It recognises six national parks within the country namely the Marojejy National Park, Masoala National Park, Zahamena National Park, Ranomafana National Park, Andringitra National Park and Andohahela National Park, all located in Atsinanana, on the eastern part of Madagascar.


Ambatotsondrona (The leaning rock) - On the way to Camp Simpona - Marojejy National Park, Madagascar
Ambatotsondrona (The leaning rock) - On the way to Camp Simpona - Marojejy National Park, Madagascar
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The outstanding universal value of the rainforests of the Atsinanana is the richness of their biodiversity and high level of endemism. Within these six national parks are a great proportion of Madagascar's 12,000 endemic plant species. In addition, these six national parks are also important for the various wildlife found there. Within the rainforests of the Atsinanana are six families of Malagasy primates, endemic lemur families, seven endemic genera of rodents, six endemic genera of carnivora, as well as several other species of animals.

Rainforests of the Atsinanana was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch, New Zealand, 23 June - 2 July, 2007. Unfortunately, it had to be added into the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2010 due to concern over illegal logging the inscribed property and also the poaching of endangered lemurs.

The World Heritage Committee noted that although there is a decree outlawing the exploitation and export of rosewood and ebony from Madagascar, this continues to take place. In fact, the country continues to provide export permits for its illegally logged timber. The World Heritage Committee further noted that the timber is sent to countries that have ratified the World Heritage Convention.


Andringitra National Park, Madagascar
Andringitra National Park, Madagascar
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The World Heritage Committee urges Madagascar to take all necessary action to enforce the decree and to stop the illegal logging activities. It also urges Madagascar to ensure that illegal timber be banned from export as well as from entering their national markets.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S14 27 35 E49 42 9
Inscription Year: 2007
Type of Site: Natural (List of World Heritage in Danger)
Inscription Criteria: IX, X
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