Marais de la Mekhada

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Marais de la Mekhada

  • Country: 
    Algeria
  • Site number: 
    1301
  • Area: 
    8,900 ha
  • Designation date: 
    06-04-2003
  • Coordinates: 
    36°48'N 08°00'E
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Overview

Marais de la Mekhada. 04/06/03; El Tarf; 8,900 ha; 36°48'N 008°00'E. A mostly freshwater marsh in an alluvial basin of the Mafragh plain, brackish in the downstream part where it meets the Mediterranean Sea through a narrow opening. With a depth of 0.5 to 1 m, the site is vegetated primarily by rushes Scirpus sp. covering more than 80% of the surface. The area is important as a nesting and wintering site for ducks and coots and serves as a nesting site for the IUCN Red-listed White-headed duck Oxyura leucocelphala, as well as the Ferruginous Duck Fuligule nyroca. Four species are considered to surpass the 1% threshold: Oxyura leucocelphala, Anser anser, Anas penelope, and Anas strepera. In summer,cattle pass through the marsh; the edges of its banks are partially used for agriculture, and the site is used for traditional fishing of eel and various fish species. Overgrazing is seen as a potential threat, especially in times of drought. Ramsar site no. 1301. Most recent RIS information: 2003.

Administrative region: 
El Tarf

  • Last publication date: 
    06-04-2003

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