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Location Mali, Tombouctou
Central coordinates 3o 41.00' West  16o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 13,500 ha
Altitude 260 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Lac Fati is another of the lakes at the northern end of the Inner Delta of the Niger, and is situated between the towns of Goundam and Tonka, about 15 km east of Lac Horo (site ML006) and some 15 km south of Lac Télé (ML004). It is a semi-permanent wetland connected to the main Niger river system by a relatively small, ephemeral watercourse.

Key Biodiversity See Box and for key species. In addition, four species of the Sahel biome (A03) have been recorded from the edge of Lac Fati (see Table 2).

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  1985  2,150 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
African Spoonbill Platalea alba winter  1987  200 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Gallinula chloropus winter  1978  1,800 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Wetlands (inland)   94%
Grassland   3%
Desert   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

References Skinner (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lac Fati. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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