Marais et côte du Plateau de Rmel

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Marais et côte du Plateau de Rmel

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    1,300 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    34°59'N 06°13'W
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Marais et côte du Plateau de Rmel. 15/01/05; Kénitra, Larache, 1,300 ha; 35°02'N 006°14'W. Zones d'importance pour la Conservation des Oiseaux, Site of Biological and Ecological Interest. A complex of three freshwater coastal lakes, the adjacent sandy beach and coastline, inter-dunal marshes, and irrigated areas. It hosts a number of endangered species such as the Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii), the Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) and the Common Otter (Lutra lutra), in addition to three endemic reptiles and an endemic amphibian. It is also an important wintering site for the Lesser Black-backed Gull, hosting on average more than 1% of its biogeographical population. The site has a high agricultural potential, due to the soil's fertility and availability of irrigation facilities, and fishing potential, especially of eels (Anguilla anguilla) and elvers. Birdwatching trips and hunting take place in the area as well. The main problems and threats are related to agriculture, ranging from lowering of the groundwater table to reduction in river flows, eutrophication, and pollution due to pesticide and fertilizer use. Ramsar site no. 1481. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Kénitra, Larache

  • National legal designation: 
    • Site of Biological and Ecological Interest
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