Good news from Algeria!
Home to several national endemic species such as Algerian Fir and Algerian Nuthatch, the site also harbours North African endemic species such as Atlas cedar and the Endangered Barbary Macaque, which previously had a much larger range. Despite this fires, overgrazing and illegal logging threaten the forest.
In September 2014 the Association de Réflexion, d'Échanges et d'Actions pour L'Environnement et le Développement (AREA-ED) held a consultation meeting to discuss the proposed National Park re-classification, where there were interesting discussions about the expectations of the local community and the geographical limits of the park. Experts involved in the preparatory studies of the site participated to this event and presented the ecological global importance, the threats and the potential of Djebel Babor.
AREA-ED and its partners have started the process for the re-establishment and the proposed extension of the boundaries includes both the municipalities of Oued Bared and Babor as buffer zones. The full story can be found at.http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/resurgence-national-park-algeria