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D'Afennourir, Lac

General Information

Description A freshwater lake in the Atlas mountain range in northern Morocco. Size: 250 ha
Country Morocco
Latitude 33° 20' 0" (33.3333)
Longitude -5° 10' 0" (-5.1667)

Physical Characteristics

Type Fresh


Economic Value The lake is a site for tourism and recreational use.
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Issues The lake may be threatened by eutrophication as a result of inputs of organic matter. There has already been a substantial expansion of aquatic vegetation.
Other Issues Nutrient pollution
Monitoring The lake has been little studied and there is a shortage of basic information concerning the vegetation and other ecological features of the site.

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Important for wintering regionally rare species of waterbirds (287 species). This Ramsar Site is designated as a permanent hunting reserve in Morocco.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
National Designation
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern The egret Ardea cinerea, ducks Tadorna ferruginea, Anas penelope, A. acuta, A. clypeata, Aythya ferina and A. fuligula, the coot Fulica atra and the eagle Pandion haliaetus.



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Biodiversity Profile: Lac D'Afennourir

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.

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