Mare de Yomboli

mare de Yomboli à l'étiage

Mare de Yomboli

  • Country: 
    Burkina Faso
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  • Area: 
    834.5 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    14°38'N 00°20'W
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The Site is in the semi-arid Sahel region in the north of Burkina Faso. It is among the biggest water bodies in this part of the country, and one of a string of lakes in the transition zone between the Sahel and the Sahara. It is a hotspot for wildlife with its gazelles, wildcats, elephants and reptiles. It is also a prime area for seasonal rest, breeding, and passage of over 13 palearctic or afro-tropical migratory bird species. Threatened species include the vulnerable black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) and the critically endangered white-headed vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis). These species are among the nine bird species which are fully protected in Burkina Faso. Plant species such as Adansonia digitata, Celtis ehrenbergiana and Dalbergia melanoxylon are listed in the national protected plant species list; however, the floral diversity of the area is decreasing due to the gradual replacement of many of these species by drought-resistant species as Acacia raddiana. Poaching is the biggest threat to wildlife resources, as well as livestock farming which is gradually destroying habitat. Conservation activities are mainly focused on soil protection and restoration through the recovery of degraded land, dune fixation, and reforestation.

Administrative region: 
Région du Sahel, Province de l’Oudalan

  • National legal designation: 
    • Réserve sylvo – pastorale et partielle de la faune du Sahel - Région du Sahel
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