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16 New guides for eco-tourism in Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania


Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania - The internationally important wetlands of Banc d’Arguin National Park in Mauritania can now rely on 16 new guides specialised in waterbird eco-tourism. The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project has trained the guides as part of its newly developed eco-tourism strategy, which includes a circuit of observation towers, tourist infrastructure and training of members of the local Imraguen community.

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Training of local community

In the first year of implementation, members of the local Imraguen community were taught French, ornithology, basic guiding skills and a suite of technical issues that would allow them to successfully accompany and guide visitors during the tourist season. Of the sixteen guides trained - coming from six different villages of the park - five were women. Watch the video

Wings Over Wetlands project

The project in Banc d’Arguin was supported financially by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Foundation for Banc D’Arguin (FIBA) and Wetlands International. The training activities under this initiative also support all of FIBA’s objectives , ensuring that the local population is the principal beneficiary of ecotourism activities. Read more on the WOW demonstration project in Mauritania.

National Park Banc D’Arguin

Banc D’Arguin is an internationally renowned and large protected area comprising of shallow coastal waters, mudflats, islands and a shifting coastline. The shallow coastal waters are internationally important fish breeding nurseries and the mudflats are highly productive, supporting many aquatic invertebrates. These attract large numbers of fish and waders, making it a key stopover site for waterbirds migrating from Europe to West Africa each year.

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More resources:

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International Foundation for the Banc D’Arguin

Wings over Wetlands project in Banc D’Arguin

Wings over Wetlands

Wetlands & Waterbirds

International Waterbird Census (IWC)

The Wader Atlas with detailed information on wader flyways



International Foundation for the Banc D’Arguin - Fondation de droit Suisse – Member of IUCN

Headquarters: Avenue du Mont Blanc, Gland, Suisse

Secretariat : Tour du Valat, le Sambuc

13200 Arles France

Tel. (33) 4 90 97 29 26

Fax. (33) 4 90 97 22 42 

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81


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