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Location Mali, Tombouctou
Central coordinates 3o 45.00' West  16o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 5,600 ha
Altitude 260 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Lac Télé is a semi-permanent wetland on the northern edge of the Inner Delta of the Niger, situated immediately north-west of the town of Goundam. It connects Lac Faguibine (site ML003), some 30 km to the north, with the Inner Delta to the south through an intermittent drainage system.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. In addition, three species of the Sahel biome (A03) have been recorded from around the lake (see Table 2). In February 1985 the site held 24,603 waterfowl of 17 species. However, the following winter the site was completely dry.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1984  300 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   26%
Wetlands (inland)   9%
Shrubland   13%
Grassland   50%

Land use

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

References Altenburg et al. (1986), Skinner (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lac Télé. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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