Ichkeul National Park

Ichkeul National Park

Ichkeul Lake (Arabic: بحيرة اشكل‎) is a lake in northern Tunisia, located 20 kilometres ( 12 miles) to Bizerte, the northernmost city in Africa on the Mediterranean Sea. The lake and wetlands of Ichkeul National Park are an important stopping-over point for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds each year. Among the lake’s visitors are ducks, geese, storks, and pink flamingoes. The park has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1980, and between 1996 and 2006 the park has also been on the group’s list of World Heritage in Danger. Dam construction on the lake’s feeder rivers has produced major changes to the ecological balance of the lake and wetlands.

Because dams have sharply reduced the freshwater inflow to the lakes and marshes, the reedbeds, sedges, and other fresh-water plant species have been replaced with salt-loving plants. These changes have produced a sharp reduction in the migratory bird populations, which depend on the mix of plants that used to exist.

According to the UNESCO Website, the Tunisian government has undertaken some steps to retain freshwater and reduce salinity, and the lake was removed from UNESCO’s list of World heritage in danger in 2006.

However some reports from the World Conservation Union suggest that the salinity has already become excessively high and the possibility for rehabilitation may be rapidly disappearing.

Outline
Ichkeul Lake (Arabic: بحيرة اشكل‎) is a lake in northern Tunisia, located 20 kilometres ( 12 miles) to Bizerte, the northernmost city in Africa on the Mediterranean Sea.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes

    Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes

  2. Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

    Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

  3. Historic City of Meknes

    Historic City of Meknes

  1. The Ruins of Loropéni

    The Ruins of Loropéni

  2. Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

    Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

  3. Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

    Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

  1. Medina of Sousse

    Medina of Sousse

  2. Lake Turkana National Parks

    Lake Turkana National Parks

  3. Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

  1. Tomb of Askia

    Tomb of Askia

  2. Ténéré

    Ténéré

  3. Matobo Hills

    Matobo Hills

  1. Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

    Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

  2. Timbuktu

    Timbuktu

  3. Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna

    Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  2. Bassari Country : Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes

    Bassari Country : Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes

  3. Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)

    Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)

  1. Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town

    Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town

  2. Robben Island

    Robben Island

  3. Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)

    Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)

  1. Banc d’Arguin National Park

    Banc d’Arguin National Park

  2. Tiya

    Tiya

  3. Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda

    Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda

  1. Maloti-Drakensberg Park

    Maloti-Drakensberg Park

  2. Kairouan

    Kairouan

  3. Rwenzori Mountains National Park

    Rwenzori Mountains National Park

  1. M’Zab Valley

    M’Zab Valley

  2. Timgad

    Timgad

  3. Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad

    Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad

  1. Memphis, Egypt

    Memphis, Egypt

  2. Tsodilo

    Tsodilo

  3. Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

    Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

  1. Namib Sand Sea

    Namib Sand Sea

  2. W National Park of Niger

    W National Park of Niger

  3. Lake Malawi National Park

    Lake Malawi National Park

  1. Historic Centre of Agadez

    Historic Centre of Agadez

  2. Island of Mozambique

    Island of Mozambique

  3. Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

    Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top