Banc d'Arguin National Park

UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationNouadhibou and Azefal
CoordinatesN20 14 4.992 W16 6 32.004
Inscription Date1989
Property (ha)1,200,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsOil and gas
All ThreatsFishing/collecting aquatic resources
All ThreatsEffects arising from use of transportation infrastructure
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsGround transport infrastructure
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsLocalised utilities
All ThreatsRenewable energy facilities
All ThreatsMining
Unesco Reference Number506
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionFringing the Atlantic coast, the park comprises sand-dunes, coastal swamps, small islands and shallow coastal waters. The contrast between the harsh desert environment and the biodiversity of the marine zone has resulted in a land- and seascape of outstanding natural significance. A wide variety of migrating birds spend the winter there. Several species of sea turtle and dolphin, used by the fishermen to attract shoals of fish, can also be found.
StatusWorld Heritage Site