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Location Algeria, El Tarf
Central coordinates 8o 2.00' East  36o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 170 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies c.35 km south-east of Annaba, 170 m above sea-level. It consists of an artificial reservoir created by a dam across the Oued Bou Namoussa, in the hills about 20 km above the entry of the Oued to the alluvial flood-plain of Marais de Mekhada (site DZ006). The water reaches a maximum depth of 20 m and a maximum area of 30 km² (at capacity), and the reservoir is devoid of rooted vegetation because of the large, rapid fluctuations in water-level.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  1980  18,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1974  95,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1974-1980  100,000 individuals  A4iii   

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Hughes and Hughes (1992), Skinner and Smart (1984), Stevenson et al. (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrage de la Cheffia. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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