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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 13o 46.00' West  9o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 10 ha
Altitude 0 - 23m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Ile Blanche is the southernmost island of the Iles de Los archipelago, located some 10 km offshore, south-west of the capital Conakry. It is a rocky, lateritic island with a surface area of some 10 ha which becomes divided into three islets at high tide. The island is covered with fine and coarse sands with, except for a few mangroves, little vegetation. The mean tidal amplitude is 3.6 m and the island is surrounded by relatively deep water.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The island is regularly used as a roost by terns and other waterbirds.

Non-bird biodiversity: The sea-turtle Lepidochelys olivacea (EN), and possibly other sea-turtle species, nest on the sandy beaches.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus winter  1990  1,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ile Blanche Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 10 is identical to site 10  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
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: Ile Blanche. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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