La Mare aux hippopotames

Vue panoramique de la mare d'Oursi
Vue panoramique de la mare d'Oursi
Installation d'une station agro-météorologique par le Projet REP-Sahel par l'OSS
Séance d'éducation environnementale avec les élèves de l'école primaire de la localité par l'OSS
Sensibilisation des élèves à la protection des ressources de la zone humide par l'OSS
Photo : Plaque signalétique de l'entrée de la Forêt classé et Réserve de Biosphère de la mare aux hippopotames de Bala
Photo : Produits de pêche issus de la mare

La Mare aux hippopotames

  • Country: 
    Burkina Faso
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    19,200 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    11°36'N 04°08'W
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The Site is located in the province of Houet some 60 kilometres north of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso. The reserve benefits from a great diversity of landscapes and habitats. The Site is famous for its hippos that live permanently in the pond which gives the Site its name; there are also other mammals such as elephant, warthog, kéwel (Tragelaphus scriptus) and roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus). The local residents use the Site to gather edible fruits and leaves as well as mushrooms, dead wood, barks and roots of various plant species for medicinal purposes. The reserve also hosts bee-forage plants which favour revenue-generating beekeeping. The Site is regarded as a sacred source of protection and abundance by its local communities, who practice rites to protect them from all misfortune and also to ensure peace, health, and good rainfall. They also avoid any action that could compromise the integrity of the Site.

Administrative region: 
Région des Hauts-Bassins

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • classified forest
  • Last publication date: 


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