Lac du barrage de Boughezoul

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Lac du barrage de Boughezoul

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    9,058 ha
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    35°42'N 02°47'E
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Lac du barrage de Boughezoul (9,058 ha; 35°44'N 02°47'E) is the largest artificial lake (barrage) on the Hauts Plateaux, located 90km north of the town of Médéa, and on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. This Ramsar Site provides a key stop-over area for birds migrating across the Sahara. Up to 60% of the wetland is the water storage area, which fluctuates seasonally, and the site also includes permanent as well as seasonal rivers, streams and freshwater marshes. Internationally important numbers of migrant and wintering waterbirds use the permanent and seasonal wetlands, including two globally threatened species: Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris and White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala).

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Wilaya de Médéa

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