Chott Oum El Raneb

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Chott Oum El Raneb

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    7,155 ha
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    32°02'N 05°22'E
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Chott Oum El Raneb. 12/12/04; Ouargla; 7,155 ha, 32°02'N 005°22'E. A wetland fed by wastewater from five settlements in the district, surrounded by sand dunes, an important refuge for migratory waterbirds crossing the desert on the Eurasian-African routes. Phoenicopterus ruber is the symbol of this site, being present in significant numbers and nesting there. Himantopus himantopus also nests here, while other species present include Anas and Tadorna spp. and Plegadis falcinellus, Ardea cinerea and Egretta garzetta. The site was used for salt-works in the past, but today one only finds palm plantations in the area. Pollution from wastewater is a concern for the future, and a study is currently being undertaken to look into the possibility of installing a purification plant. The site is also used for environmental education purposes, with the use of videos and brochures. Ramsar site no. 1416. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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Wilaya de Ouargla

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