Chott Merrouane et Oued Khrouf

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Chott Merrouane et Oued Khrouf

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    337,700 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    33°55'N 06°10'E
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Chott Merrouane et Oued Khrouf. 02/02/01; El Oued; 337,700 ha; 33°55'N 006°10'E. The chott is characterized by saline ponds and lakes that are permanent by virtue of the flow of the Wadi Khrouf, containing continuous runoff of excess irrigation for cultivation of palms and waste water from neighboring communes. Located in a region of arid steppe, the site is internationally important for passing migratory birds, some of which are classed by IUCN as vulnerable, as well as for several indigenous fish species. Other wetland types listed as present include freshwater springs/oases, irrigation channels, salt exploitation sites, and drainage canals. Human uses include livestock raising (principally sheep), salt extraction, and recreational hunting and fishing. Water pollution and over-grazing are seen as potential threats to the ecological character of the site. Ramsar site no. 1054. Most recent RIS information: 2001.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya d'El-Oued

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