Marais de la Macta

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Marais de la Macta

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    44,500 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    35°41'N 00°10'E
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Marais de la Macta. 02/02/01; Mascara, Mostaganem, Oran; 44,500 ha; 35°41'N 000°10'W. In a triangular depression separated from the Gulf of Arzew near Oran by a dune cordon, a complex of open water, marsh, and more or less humid steppe some nine miles inland, supplied by three permanent wadis. The site represents a wetland type that is rare in North Africa in the diversity of habitats it contains, most notably "sansouires" salt marshes that recall the Camargue in France. A large biodiversity is found there, including a great variety of halophilic vegetation, as well as numerous invertebrates and fish. The wetland is important for both local residents and nomads, particular during dry periods, for pasturage for their cattle and their sheep, respectively. Ramsar site no. 1059. Most recent RIS information: 2001.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya de Mascara

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