Oasis de Moghrar et de Tiout
- Site number:1302
- Area:195,500 ha
- Designation date:04-06-2003
- Coordinates:32°41'N 00°24'W
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The Site comprises the two oases of Moghrar (Foukani and Tahtani) and the oasis of Tiout, which are connected by the upper reaches of the Oued Namous. It lies at about 1,000m altitude, and is ringed by the southern flank of the Ksour mountains at about 1700m. With the Site’s typically dry saharan climate, the oases support family agriculture, mainly the cultivation of date palms and vegetables; the “feggous” and “aghrass” date palms are of excellent quality and conservation interest. Moghrar is significant for birds including woodchat shrike (Lanius senator), western Orphean warbler (Sylvia hortensis), western Bonelli’s warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli), Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) and Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius). The neighbouring region and the watershed are subject to overgrazing and consequently to widespread erosion. The area is known for its ancient rock art, a small prehistory museum, and its Ksar (fortress), which was formerly the stronghold of Cheikh Bouamama, a key figure in the country’s fight against colonialism in the 19th century.
- Last publication date:14-03-2018