|Location||Burkina Faso, Kompienga|
|Central coordinates||0o 37.00' East 11o 8.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A3, A4iii|
|Altitude||149 - 180m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 2 for key species. There is, as yet, little ornithological information available; it is, however, thought more than 20,000 waterbirds regularly occur, amongst which Phalacrocorax africanus, Egretta garzetta and Bubulcus ibis are common.
Site description Located in the south-west of the country close to the international border with Togo, the hydroelectric dam at Kompienga, built in the 1980s, is one of the largest in the country, with a capacity of 2,000,000 m3 of water. The sites includes the lake and a 5-km strip of surrounding savanna, the vegetation of which is typical of the Pendjari–Mékrou sector of the southern Sudan savanna while, in places close to the lake shore, the shrub- and tree-savanna is now developing into gallery forest.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rufous Cisticola Cisticola rufus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bush Petronia Petronia dentata||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||1998||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||53%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity There is little information but it is known that Loxodonta africana (EN) and the occasional Damaliscus lunatus korrigum (LR/cd) come to the lake during the dry season.
Management considerations Livestock and cultivation are quickly building up around the periphery of the lake. A large number of local fishermen have been joined by migrants from Mali, Niger, Togo and Benin. Although a management plan was drafted prior to the construction of the dam, until recently little effort had been made to implement it. Government has now begun to take action but much still needs to be done to regulate wood-cutting, fishing and hunting. A sport-fishing camp has been built on the edge of the lake from which the hunting of gamebirds is also based. A corridor needs to be established to link the eastern lake shore with the Arli–W–Singou complex (IBA BF008), nearby to the east.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Kompienga. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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