Chott Sidi Slimane
- Site number:1417
- Area:616 ha
- Designation date:12-12-2004
- Coordinates:33°17'N 06°02'E
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Chott Sidi Slimane in eastern Algeria is surrounded by palm trees and a dense bed of reeds (Phragmites communis) that provide an important refuge for migratory and sedentary waterbirds. The vegetation also features French tamarisk Tamarix gallica and date palm Phoenix dactylifera. The Site hosts more than 1% of the biogeographic population of the vulnerable marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), and the Phragmites beds provide a nesting site for species such as common coot (Fulica atra), common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) and western swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio). The water body is important for local people as it allows excess water to be drained from the palm plantations, which provide their main livelihood. The tourism opportunities of the area remain unexploited despite its spectacular natural scenery and its wealth of animal and plant life. The Site is threatened by increasing human pressures, including pollution, fragmentation of habitats, and intensive reed harvesting which causes changes in the quality of habitats and the water regime.
- Last publication date:10-05-2019