Mare de Darkoye

Vue de la prairie aquatique et de la végétation ligneuse bordant la mare
Colonie d'oiseaux sur la végétation ligneuse
Vue du plan d'eau

Mare de Darkoye

  • Country: 
    Burkina Faso
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    1,716 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    14°41'N 00°05'W
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The Site in the semi-arid Sahel region in the north of Burkina Faso features wet meadow, alluvial forest, aquatic vegetation and open water habitats. The flora consists of herbaceous and woody vegetation of variable density, including Acacia seyal and Ziziphus mauritiana, as well as species which are protected in Burkina Faso, such as Pterocarpus lucens. The wetland provides a refuge for many species including breeding and migratory birds. The 106 bird species recorded include about 50 Palearctic migrant species, while 14 representative resident species, such as the Northern gray-headed sparrow (Passer griseus), have been observed around the Site. Some are threatened, such as the endangered hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) and the vulnerable black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina). Livestock and arable farming and fishing are the main activities for local communities. However, overlogging and other human activities threaten the natural regeneration of the Site and increase soil degradation. The wetland is part of the Sylvo-Pastoral and Partial Faunal Reserve of the Sahel, the largest protected area of Burkina Faso. It does not have yet a management plan but key conservation measures are being implemented as well as monitoring of bird species.

Administrative region: 
Région du Sahel, Province de l’Oudalan

  • National legal designation: 
    • Réserve sylvo – pastorale et partielle de la faune du Sahel - Région du Sahel
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