Complex Wetlands of the Plain of Guerbes-Sanhadja, Algeria
Site number: 1056
Area: 42,100 ha
Registration date: 02-02-2001
Contact: 36-52’N 07-18’E
Wetlands of the Plain of Guerbes-Sanhadja is a large coastal plain between the Skikda Hills and the Chetaïbi woodland, near the Iron Cape, which includes the Oued-El-Kebir Delta. Among the dunes that characterize the landscape, a multitude of depressions and valleys form lakes and garâas (marshes) whose area covers a few hectares to several dozen hectares, on a plain described as a “bioclimatic crossroads” between Saharan, European and Mediterranean influences.
Approximately 234 plant species representing 145 taxa, 50 species of birds and 27 species of dragonflies and damselflies were recorded. The site is important for migratory birds. It is in particular a nesting place for the bald erismature Oxyura leucocephala (White-headed duck) and the fuligule nyroca Aythya nyroca (Ferruginous duck). Among the fish is the eel (Anguilla anguilla)a snake-like fish. Agriculture and grazing are anthropogenic activities (Human impact on the environment). And among the potential threats, there is an unseating expansion of agriculture.
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