Garaet El Taref
- Site number:1421
- Area:33,460 ha
- Designation date:12-12-2004
- Coordinates:35°40'N 07°07'E
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The Site is a large basin which is three-quarters dry and salt-encrusted, with a mound dividing the open water area in two. It is an important wintering area for waterbirds, hosting a large percentage of the biogeographic populations of greater flamingo, common crane and common shelduck. Several Anas species, tufted duck and common coot also winter at the Site. The salt lake tempers the environment, and the surrounding chott area hosts herbaceous plants, mainly Artemisia herba-alba, Atriplex halimus, Juncus acutus, Cyperus distachyos and Cyperus lacustris. Agriculture and livestock farming are the main income generating activities in the area, and overgrazing and land clearing are threatening the wetlands in the absence of regulations on land use. It is hoped that, given the Site’s importance for water birds and its designation as a Ramsar Site, new conservation measures will be applied and it will proceed to be classified as a natural ornithological reserve.
Wilaya d’Oum El Bouaghi
- Last publication date:08-03-2018