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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 13o 41.00' West  9o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 90,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies immediately to the north of the Conakry peninsula. The site spans part of the Baie de Sangaréya and the mouths of the Rio Konkouré and the Rio Bouramaya and includes 28,000 ha of mangroves, mudflats and sandbanks, as well as a small area of rice-fields. Kabitaï (IBA GN011) is only a few kilometres to the north.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The mangroves provide nesting sites for several species of waterbird including Ardea goliath, Casmerodius albus, Scopus umbretta and Ciconia episcopus.

Non-bird biodiversity: Among mammals, Trichechus senegalensis (VU) is known to occur in the mangroves and the dolphin Tursiops truncatus (DD) has been recorded in the bay.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta gularis winter  1988  500 individuals  medium  A4i  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1988  3,000 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus winter  1988  2,052 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1988  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2001 high not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution industrial & military effluents - seepage from mining happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Konkouré Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 90,000 is identical to site 90,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Unknown   3%
Forest   92%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

References Altenburg and van der Kamp (1991a,b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Konkouré. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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