Ihrir Valley Algeria
In common with many African countries, Algeria has a number of environmental issues including inadequate supplies of drinking water, soil erosion from overgrazing and other poor farming practices, desertification, dumping of raw sewage, petroleum refining wastes, the pollution of rivers and coastal waters. The Mediterranean, in particular, is becoming polluted from oil wastes, soil erosion, and fertiliser run-off.
Algeria is party to a number of international agreements including Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution and Wetlands.
Algeria is also party to the Ramsar convention. The Convention came into force in Algeria on March 4, 1984. Algeria currently has 50 sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a total area of 2,981,421 hectares. These 50 sites are more than any other country in Africa.
Following a decline until 1991, the breeding population of European White Stork Ciconia ciconia in Algeria has increased. Surveys carried out in the period 1995 to 2001 indicated a 75% increase in breeding pairs during that period (MOALI-GRINE, N., MOALI, A. et ISENMANN, P. 2004)
Newsletter 3 of the International Advisory Group for Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita includes a review of its historical distribution in Algeria (FELLOUS, A. 2004). The following photographs show its last reported breeding area and nesting cliffs at El Bayadh.