Lac Débo - Lac Oualado Débo

Country/territory: Mali

IBA Criteria met: A3, A4i, A4iii (2001)
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Area: 103,100 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
This site is part of the Inner Delta of the Niger and is located about 90 km north of Mopti, to the east of the town of Youvarou. It comprises an area of almost level flood-plain and includes a number of seasonally inundated lakes (of which Lac Débo and Lac Oualado Débo are by far the largest), ponds and river channels. In years with good rainfall the area is flooded between August and January after which the size of wetlands shrinks gradually. The grasses Echinochloa stagnina and Vossia cuspidata are dominant in seasonally flooded areas. Included in the site, to the east of Lac Oualado (=Walado or Gualado) Débo, is an area of Acacia woodland. This area was first used as a breeding site by a colony of herons and cormorants in 1985, the breeding season coinciding with the time of the flood.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. In addition, it is possible that Prinia fluviatilis (Data Deficient), may occur in marginal vegetation. Total counts of waterfowl made in 12 years during the period 1977–1998 varied between 26,446 (1980) and 534,552 (1994).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lac Débo - Lac Oualado Débo. Downloaded from on 23/09/2021.