Lac de Tingrela

Photo 3 : Un Hippopotame
Vue panoramique de l'étendue du lac
Pépinière villageoise aménagée par le MCA au profit des communautés riveraines pour le reboisement et la récupération des berges
Aménagement à des fins récréatives aux abords du lac
Bungalow servant de logement pour les touristes
Périmètre maraîcher sur le site

Lac de Tingrela

  • Country: 
    Burkina Faso
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    580 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    10°38'N 04°50'W
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The Site is a permanent freshwater lake in the west of Burkina Faso which serves as an important refuge for a variety of fauna and flora, including during the dry periods for wetland plants such as Andropogon africanus and Vetiveria senegalensis. The wooded area around the lake is characterized by Isoberlinia doka, Burkea africana, Parkia biglobosa and Terminalia spp. The lake is noted as a reproduction site for various species of fish, including Clarias gariepinus, Lates niloticus and Heterotis niloticus, and it is also home to birds such as African cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus), squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), common egret (Egretta intermedia) and common sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos). Hippopotamuses and crocodiles are present. The lake plays an important role in the region’s hydrological cycle through groundwater replenishment, flood control, and nutrient retention. Through the stabilization of the microclimate it allows for the maintenance of the region’s biodiversity and supports income-generating activities such as tourism and farming of maize, rice and fruits including guava and mango. Lake Tingrela is facing threats related to desertification, pollution from chemical fertilizers and increasing levels of siltation.

Administrative region: 
région des Cascades

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