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Location Mali, Tomboutou
Central coordinates 1o 19.00' West  15o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 300 ha
Altitude 290 m
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

References Roux and Jarry (1984).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mare de Gossi. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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