Embouchures des oueds Chbeyka-Al Wa'er
- Site number:1479
- Area:8,000 ha
- Designation date:15-01-2005
- Coordinates:28°13'N 11°42'W
Embouchures des oueds Chbeyka-Al Wa'er. 15/01/05; Tan Tan; 8,000 ha; 28°14'N 011°42'W. The estuaries of three temporary rivers that arise in the Moyen Atlas mountain range and run through deep gorges before reaching the coast, where one can find sandy beaches, cliffs and dunes. Salt steppes with the endangered Sarcocornia perennis plant species in the upstream area of the site, where the rivers are wider, act as an important refuge for migratory birds, among which the most significant are the Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii), and the Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra). Fishing camps are common in the area, as the waters are rich thanks to upwelling, while tourism is also on the increase due to the area's beauty. Both activities are a cause of disturbance to the birds and of solid waste pollution. The area has been proposed as a Site of Biological and Ecological Interest. Ramsar site no. 1479. Most recent RIS information: 2005.
- Last publication date:15-01-2005