|Central coordinates||1o 19.00' West 15o 47.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Mare de Gossi is a semi-permanent wetland in central Mali, to the east of the Inner Delta of the Niger, between the towns of Douentza and Gao, some 3 km south-west of the town of Gossi. It is situated within the rocky Gourma plain, along the valley of a seasonal watercourse, and is isolated from the drainage system of the Niger river.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. In addition, sixty Marmaronetta angustirostris were recorded at this site in 1972, but this is thought unlikely to have been anything other than an exceptional occurrence. Aerial surveys in January 1984 recorded a total of 25,800 wildfowl (Anatidae).
Non-bird biodiversity: The site is adjacent to the Douentza Elephant Reserve and is used by Loxodonta africana (EN) during the dry season.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Garganey Spatula querquedula||winter||1984||21,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1984||20,000-49,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Roux and Jarry (1984).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mare de Gossi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014
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