Diego Suarez Bay
Madagascar
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General information about Diego Suarez Bay

The bay of Diego Suarez is located at the extreme north of Madagascar and holds the name of two Portuguese navigators: Diego Diaz and the admiral Suarez (XVI century).

It consists of four principal bays of which one has a “sugarloaf” considered locally as a crowned place.

Its main city, Antsiranana, is located on a promontory and its port, formerly a military harbor, is presently the second most important commercial port of the island. The area of Diego Suarez, a sum of all the reliefs and climates of the island, includes the important of tAmber Mountain national Park.

La baie de Diego-Suarez est au extrême nord du Madagascar, ayant gagné son nom de deux navigateurs portugais  du XVIe siècle : Diego Diaz et l’amiral Suarez.

Elle est composée de quatre baies principales, dont l’une, Andovobazaha, est dominée par le « Pain de Sucre », un îlot rocheux d’origine volcanique considéré localement un lieu sacré.

Antsiranana est la ville principal, située à un promontoire ; son port, auparavant militaire, est entretemps devenu le deuxième port commercial de l’île. Diego-Suarez est une sorte de « résumé » de tous les reliefs et climats de l’île et on y retrouve le parc national de la Montagne d’Ambre.

Natural Environment
Coastline
Rock coasts
Climate
Tropical at season dries (savanna)
Temperatures
Annual average : 26,5 °C
Thermal amplitude : from 21°C to 32°C
Precipitations
Annual : 894 mm
Distribution : Dec-march
Biogeographic Classification
Tropical dry forest (Afrotropic)
Human Environment
Language
Malgache, French
Local Economy
Fishing - Agriculture - Maritime transport -Tourism
Demography
Population (inhab.) : 80 000
Density (inhab/km2) : 100
Human Development Index
0,468
Ecological Footprint
0,88
Heritage and Credentials
Natural Heritage
'Sugar loaf', forests primary, mangrove
Cultural Heritage
'Maritime history: Arab corsairs and Indians (XIII), Europeans (XVII and XVIII) ; French military aerea (1885)
regional traditions (ex: Nosy Longo, crowned place) Alive traditions'
Coastal Management
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Criteria retained by the club
BN 5 : Coherent and homogeneous unity ; BC 6 :Alive traditions
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