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World Heritage Site - Rainforests of the Atsinanana

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Transcript of World Heritage Site - Rainforests of the Atsinanana

What can individuals do to protect the rainforest of the Atsinanana
Individuals cannot directly help the Rainforest of the Atsinanana but they can donate to charities and be careful of littering as some animals my die as a cause of that. Also be aware of making sure you don't buy the endangered tree species such as rosewood when looking for timber. If you are touring the Rainforest of the Atsinanana not to leave rubbish or damage the land as well as staying to the path or stepping on plants.
Bibliography
Rainforest of the Atsinanana, publish by unesco, http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1257 Date accessed 19/11
Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Madagascar, published by Encyclopaedia of the Earth http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/155650/ Date accessed 19/11
Red list overview, published by The IUCN Red List of Threatened species http://www.iucnredlist.org/about/red-list-overview Date acessed19/11
Madagascar’s Rainforests added to the unesco’s world heritage danger list, published by Conservation International http://www.conservation.org/newsroom/pressreleases/Pages/Madagascars_rainforests_added_to_UNESCO_World_Heritage_Danger_List.aspx Date accessed 19/11
Climate Change May be Responsible for Madagascar's Biodiversity
why does Madagascar have so many unique animals?
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World Heritage Site - Rainforests of the Atsinanana
The rainforests comprise of six national parks distributed along the eastern part of Madagascar for 1600 kilometers. The geographic location is nearly eleven degrees of latitude (15°00’ to 25°30’S).
Where is the Rainforests of Atsinanana?
The rainforests of the Atsinanana is a combination of 6 different national parks. The rainforest is important to the ongoing ecological processes necessary for the survival of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity, with many species that are on the red list such as the Madagascar climbing frog, the Madagascar Pond- hero which is only to name a few of the many species. The many species indicates the geological history of the country being separated completely with other landmasses 60 million years ago which explains the variety of species that live in the rainforest of Atsinanana.
What is the Rainforests of the Atsinanana?
The rainforests of the Atsinanana is a site of international importance because it holds many endangered species of animals, plants and trees. The reason for the many endangered species is that the species are unique to Madagascar as the country broke off the mainland 30 million years ago leading to Madagascar holding several species that is found nowhere else on the globe. Illegal hunting and logging of Madagascar is a problem because of the many species it holds which makes it 1 of the 44 sites that are on the in danger list around the globe.
Why is the Rainforests of the Atsinanana a site of international importance?
The rainforest has changed by logging and hunting reducing the rare trees such as rosewood and killing rare lemurs until 1927 when the 6 reserves were put up along the east coast of Madagascar. Since then, sadly, there has been illegal logging outside the borders that the reserves can’t control. This has caused a decrease in trees, which means an increase of space. Also the result is the Madagascar lemur is now even more endangered than before
How is the rainforest of the Atsinanana changed over time?
People affect the Rainforest of Atsinanana by logging, hunting endangered species, over using resources, disturbances by tourists and the increasing population has increased agriculture and to farm there must be more land so they clear land, they would also clear land for villages to be built. All this has damaged the environment and ecosystem is decreasing the rare plants and species of animals which will mean more extinct plants and animals
How do people affect the Rainforests of the Atsinanana?
Each of the 6 reserves protect their own land but there is also help from UNESCO ,the WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International who help advise management plans. The basis of the management plans was also by the original
Who is responsible for protecting the Rainforest of the Atsinanana?
The rainforest is been protected by being put on the in danger sites list. This raises more awareness around the globe on how important the site is which will encourages people to put more thought into their actions to help it. Also by putting the 6 reserves up it has stopped logging and illegal hunting in many places.
How is the Rainforest of the Atsinanana being protected?
Interesting Facts
The rainforest is important to the ongoing ecological processes necessary for the survival of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.
The separation from all other land masses happened more than 60 million years ago which caused Madagascar’s plant and animal life evolved in isolation
Of the 123 species of non-flying mammals in Madagascar (72 of which are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species), 78 occur within the property.
Madagascar is among the top countries known for their "megadiversity" and features an extraordinarily high number (circa 12,000) of endemic plant species
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