Chott Aïn El Beïda

Chott Ain El Beida
Chott Ain El Beida
Chott Ain El Beida

Chott Aïn El Beïda

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    6,853 ha
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    31°58'N 05°19'E
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The Site is a saline depression surrounded by palm plantations, crossed by a number of canals that drain excess water from the plantations and the nearby town. Several bird species on the Eurasian-African pathway use the Site as a stopover; some of them stay during the winter, such as the ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), while others nest there including the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and the pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta). The mammals at the Site remain largely unstudied. The Saharo-Mediterranean vegetation belongs to 12 families; some of them such as Chenopodiaceae are known for their medicinal properties against gastric ailments and should benefit from special protection measures due to over-harvesting. Pollution from wastewater and unauthorized garbage dumps are the main threats to the birdlife of the Site. A management plan has been proposed, which aims to increase awareness through the construction of an eco-museum, a visitor centre, birdwatching towers and educational campaigns.

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