Garaet Annk Djemel et El Merhsel

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Garaet Annk Djemel et El Merhsel

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    18,140 ha
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    35°47'N 06°51'E
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Garaet Annk Djemel et El Merhsel. 12/12/04; Oum El Bouaghi; 18,140 ha; 35°47'N 006°51'E. A saltwater lake surrounded by a belt of Salicornia, Artemisia and Atriplex vegetation, fed by temporary rivers and precipitation/runoff. During summer the high evaporation rates lead to the creation of salt encrustations, which are appreciated habitats by some bird species. The site hosts the vulnerable Marbled Teal, as well as over 12% of the biogeographic population of Tadorna tadorna and over 2% of Phoenicopterus ruber's population. The site plays an important role in flood control and sediment capture. The local population harvests salt and, in the surrounding of the site, practices agriculture and raises livestock. No scientific, touristic or educational activity takes place, but there is potential for creation of environmental awareness by green clubs and school groups. Ramsar site no. 1420. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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Wilaya d’Oum El Bouaghi

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