Lakhdar Idrissi et al. The Moroccan coastal marine area has several zones that are targets for exploitation but must simultaneously be protected. Lagoons are considered to be among the most productive natural systems in the world, but they are also vulnerable systems due to natural and human constraints. Lagoons can also be a target of economic expansion. This is why an understanding about the state of these ecosystems is important in order to proceed with rational use of the resource.
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The site has high botanical diversity, hosting several species which are rare, vulnerable or Macaronesian, Moroccan or Saharan endemics, including the vulnerable dwarf eelgrass Zostera noltii. These form the habitat for more than mollusk species, among which are an endemic crustacean, Cerapopsis takamado, and 41 fish species.
This is also the northernmost limit of the Atlantic humpbacked dolphins' distribution and the second most important migratory waterbird wintering site in Morocco, having hosted an average of close to 60, birds between and ; among the best-represented species are the Caspian tern, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and the Great Ringed Plover.
Fishing and tourism are important activities, which may pose threats in the future, especially in terms of pollution, if left to develop indiscriminately. A harbour which is being built at 12km from the site may also affect the hydrological and sedimentary balance of the area. No management plan exists as yet, but plans are envisaged to create different exploitation zones in the site, for both conservation and aquaculture purposes.
Ramsar site no. Clearing House Mechanism on Biodiversity of Morocco. Convention Convention text What we can do at national level? Baie d'Ad-Dakhla Site Ramsar. Copyright Feedback Accessibility statement Subscribe to notifications Sitemap.
Designation of 12 new Moroccan wetlands on the list of the Ramsar Convention
Please visit our theme and region pages for more specific information. Implementing ecotourism activities in Tunisian protected areas Updated: Three protected areas in Tunisia, Ickheul, Boukornine and Chikly Island, have been the last pilot actions developed within the Mediterranean The MEET Pilot action was a strong step ahead for ensuring tourism in the three protected areas can be a feasible and sustainable option. Chikly island A plan of ecotourism in the Chikly Island to Designing new actions to effectively preserve Mediterranean wetlands Updated: The aim of this programme is to strengthen the capacities of emerging civil society organizations CSOs in North Africa so that they can develop in the short term concrete field initiatives
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