La Mare de Tabalak


La Mare de Tabalak

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    107,100 ha
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    15°01'N 05°49'E
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One of the most significant ponds in Niger, with a rich diversity of plants and animals, the Site is a refuge for migratory and sedentary waterbirds, particularly ducks and waders. It hosts an average of 14% of the biogeographic population of the Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus). Some nationally-rare species such as the crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) are regularly observed. The wetland also helps in flood control and in recharging groundwater. It is relatively new as a permanent water body – its creation followed the rupture of the upstream Kori d'Ibaga dam in the 1970s. The village of Tabalak was settled by people who moved in to work on the construction of the “uranium route”. No special conservation measures are in place, but small projects have been undertaken to increase the social benefits arising from the Site, such as the introduction of fish and the construction of dykes to hold more water for agriculture.

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