- Site number:1894
- Area:1,460 ha
- Designation date:18-12-2009
- Coordinates:35°39'N 06°57'E
The Site is a temporary shallow freshwater body surrounded by a very large salt plain, which is in turn surrounded by halophytic vegetation and cereal cultivation. It is an important nesting area for the endangered white-headed duck Oxyura leucocephala, the vulnerable marbled teal Marmaronetta angustirostris and the ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca. Other species which depend on the wetlands include the wild boar Sus scrofa, the golden jackal Canis aureus and the Sahara frog Rana saharica. The local communities also rely on the Site for their livelihoods, for its water retention, flood control and sediment retention capacities. The area surrounding the Site is occupied by durum wheat crops, Chenopodiaceae-based pastures, and rangelands which are overgrazed and thus affected by reduced vegetation cover and biomass of perennials. There are research projects ongoing in the Site, but no Site-specific management measures, although measures are in place to conserve the forests of the wilaya (province) of Oum El Bouaghi.
- Last publication date:13-05-2019