|Central coordinates||13o 41.00' West 9o 47.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Western Reef-egret Egretta gularis||winter||1988||500 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|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|
|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 landscapes (terrestrial)||3%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other 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.
Management considerations The area was designated a Ramsar Site in 1992. Wood-cutting for use by the urban population of Conakry is a particular problem and much damage to the mangrove has been done. Mangrove is also cleared for subsistence rice cultivation. Pollution from the bauxite factory at Fria, upstream on the Konkouré river, has almost certainly had a negative impact, but the extent of the damage is unknown. Part of the site is included within the remit of an EC-funded project to promote sustainable management of mangrove resources.
References Altenburg and van der Kamp (1991a,b).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Konkouré. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2013
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