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Oiseaux, Lac des

General Information

Description Lac des Oiseaux is a shallow lake in the northeast of the country that shrinks to about half its size in the dry season.
Country Algeria
Latitude 36° 47' 0" (36.7833)
Longitude 8° 7' 0" (8.1167)


 Africa Lake Biodiversity Conservation Priorities 2003

Physical Characteristics

Type Fresh


Economic Value Approximately 8,000 people live nearby, and grazing of small numbers of livestock is practiced around the lake.
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Issues Population growth is viewed as a potential threat.

Biodiversity Conservation

Description The 70-hectare Ramsar site at the lake supports a surprising diversity of vegetation, birds, and insects.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern Two globally threatened birds, the white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) and the ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca) nest at the site, and 164 individuals of the former species were counted in January 1998, more than 2% of the world population.



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Projects funded under the Ramsar Small Grants Fund, 1991-2000

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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