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Location Algeria
Central coordinates 2o 50.00' East  35o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 635 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies about 90 km south of the town of Blida (south of Alger), in the Hauts Plateaux mountain range, on the southern edge of the Massif de l’Ouarsenis. It is the largest artificial impoundment on the Hauts Plateaux and lies close to the main N1 road, which leads south from Blida to Djelfa. The site consists of an open water surface in excess of 1,000 ha (when the lake is full) and extensive marshland to the south, surrounding the various oueds that flow into the lake. The lake is replenished by autumn and winter rainfall and water-levels vary greatly through the year as a result of evaporation and water flow out of the lake, with lowest levels usually occurring just before the rains in autumn. Vegetation in the permanent marshland includes lush areas of Phragmites sp. and Typha sp.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris non-breeding  1978  240 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1978  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Green (1993), Hughes and Hughes (1992), Jacob and Jacob (1980), Ledant et al. (1981), Morgan (1982), Scott (1980).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrage de Boughzoul. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2014

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