Aulnaie de Aïn Khiar

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Aulnaie de Aïn Khiar

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    180 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    36°40'N 08°19'E
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Aulnaie de Aïn Khiar. 04/06/03; El Tarf; 180 hectares; 36°40'N 008°20'E. National Park. A wetland type characteristic of the El Kala National park but extremely rare elsewhere in Algeria. L'Aulnaie (alder grove) de Aïn Khiar shelters several species, represented by ash Fraxinus sp., alder Alnus glutinosa, and poplar Populus sp., whose principal characteristic is high water demand. Located between the littoral sand bar and the agricultural plain of El Tarf, the site receives water during winter from the floodplains of the Oued El Kebir which flows through the region and transforms it into marshy zone. This forest environment includes the country's largest number of raptors and large avifaunistic species as well as Ardeidae (herons, bitterns). Loss of trees and shrubs to illegal cutting and natural causes, as well as pressures from agricultural expansion, are seen as the chief potential threats. Ramsar site no. 1293. Most recent RIS information: 2003.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya d’El Tarf

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
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