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Banc dArguin - Mauritania

Map showing the location of the Banc d'Arguin National Park world heritage site (Mauritania)Area: 12,000 km2

Inscribed: 1989


Criteria: (ix) ecological processes (x) biodiversity

Values: The Banc d'Arguin National Park is divided equally between marine and terrestrial environments, but it is the extensive coastal shallows that give the area the unique qualities that justify its status as a world heritage site. These shallows (the remnants of a vast river delta from a bye-gone era when waters flowed from what is now the Sahara desert) support huge numbers of Palaearctic migrant waders, which converge on the area from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland. An estimated 2.2 million waders over-winter in the Banc d'Arguin, including 2 million individual birds of just five species: Dunlin (818,000); Bar-tailed godwit (543,000); Knot (367,000), Curlew sandpiper (174,000), and ringed plover (98,000). This concentration of birds represents 30-70% of the entire population of the ‘East Atlantic flyway'.


Slideshow of the Banc d'Arguin National Park/world heritage site.

Maps and Satellite images of Banc d'Arguin National Park MAPS & SATELLITE IMAGES:  A selection of maps and Google Earth satellite images showing the main features of the Banc d'Arguin National Park is available by clicking here.  This portfolio includes a selection of physiographic maps, a map of road access routes and GPS waypoints for authorised routes through the park.  These are sand 'pistes' rather than made-up roads, so stick to the authorised routes - off-roading is not allowed within the park.  Satellite coverage provides some very useful perspectives on the off-shore shallows and islands, which can only be appreciated from the air (or satellite).  Take a look!


Banc D'Arguin National Park Visitor Guide Map



Visitor's guide and map:  An annotated map of the park, including GPS way-points can be downloaded by clicking here.




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Links to other places in the African Wetlands category:  Okavango Delta | iSimangaliso | Djoudj | Lake Ichkeul | Sanganeb & Dungonab

Links:  Google Earth | UNEP-WCMC Site Description | Official UNESCO Site Details |FIBA Foundation | Birdlife IBA

A colony of royal terns shares its home with more than 2.2million Palaearctic migrant wading birds which converge on the Banc D'Arguin National Park world heritage site during winter The extensive mud flats at Banc D'Arguin National Park world hertiage site on the Mauritanian coast are the remnants of a huge river delta draining from what is now the Sahara Desert in ancient times. The mud flats are inhabited by many species of crabs, as well as overwintering wading birds of the East Atlantic Flyway An Imragen fisherman carries supplies by camel through a desert sandstorm in the Banc D'Arguin National Park world heritage site in Mauritania Although the Banc D'Arguin National Park (Mauritania) gained world heritage status on account of the overwintering migrant waders than use its extensive coastal mudflats, half the park is on the dry desert land



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