- Site number:1381
- Area:317,520 ha
- Designation date:26-04-2004
- Coordinates:12°15'N 03°33'E
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A former north-south tributary of the River Niger along the south-western frontier with Nigeria, the Site is now a complex of permanent saline/alkaline pools and seasonal streams and creeks, with an exceptional complex of vegetation including the Palmyra palm Borassus aethiopum and African doum palm Hyphaene thebaica. The permanent or migratory bird species found include squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), western cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), little egret (Egretta garzetta) and grey heron (Ardea cinerea). The nine ethnic groups in the area make their livings by rainy-season agriculture and market gardening, salt extraction, fishing, forestry and grazing. The potential for sustainable tourism is high, and a local research programme financed by Switzerland is studying the potential for sustainable livelihoods. As elsewhere in the region, the effects of desertification are the most worrying threats.
- National legal designation:
- Forets Classees
- Last publication date:13-04-2018