Site Ramsar du Lac Boulhilet

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Site Ramsar du Lac Boulhilet

  • Country: 
    Algeria
  • Site number: 
    1897
  • Area: 
    856 ha
  • Designation date: 
    18-12-2009
  • Coordinates: 
    35°45'N 06°48'E
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Overview

Site Ramsar du lac Boulhilet. 18/12/09; Oum El Bouaghi; 856 ha; 35°45'N 006°48'E. Originally a freshwater pond that was essential for maintaining over 15,000 hectares of agricultural land, between the 1970s and 1990s the site was overexploited leading to a significant decrease in its ability to sustain this industry. Lac Boulhilet is now restored and is once again an important site supporting a variety of activities including the cultivation of cereals. It is also once again recognised as being important in supporting wintering waterbirds and as a resting point in the arid region along their migration route. Species of note are the vulnerable Whiteheaded duck (Oxyura leucocephala) and Marbled duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) amongst many others. Other fauna found within the site include the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Cape Hare (Lepus capensis) and the Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra). The principal threats affecting the site are poaching, disturbance of vegetation, and the potential over extraction of water. Ramsar site no. 1897. Most recent RIS information: 2009.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya d'Oum El Bouaghi

  • Last publication date: 
    18-12-2009

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