Vallée de l'oued Soummam

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Vallée de l'oued Soummam

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    12,453 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    36°42'N 05°00'E
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Vallée de l'oued Soummam.18/12/09; Kabylie; 12,453 ha; 36°42'N 005°00'E. Situated in the northeast of the country, the site is the furthest point downstream in the Soummam catchment. It is characterized by permanent rivers, temporary marshes in the mountain regions, and a coastal lagoon. It is of particular importance for recharging the groundwater and regulation of flow, and the upstream sections control the risk of flooding further downstream. The site also supports the vulnerable European Otter (Lutra lutra), which has over the years disappeared completely from the northwest and is in decline in the central and eastern regions. Other fauna supported are 119 species of birds, 38 species of mammal, amphibians such as the Sahara Frog (Rana saharica) and reptiles such as the viper (Natrix Maura). The main land uses are for agriculture, olive plantations, and small village settlements. The threats facing this site are the result of unsustainably using the resources of the site to support the income-generating activities previously mentioned. While there exists no specific protection measures, it is hoped that the designation as a Ramsar site will act as a catalyst. Ramsar site no. 1898. Most recent RIS information: 2009.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya de Béjaïa

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