Chami, Banc D’Arguin






East Atlantic flyway


Migratory Birds for People


Name of organisation

Banc d'Arguin National Park, public administrative body

Funding support

RIM, FIBA, EU, GIZ, BaCoMaB, OAPN, France.

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Environmental information and education centre

Description of the centre

The Banc National Park is located on both sides of the 20th parallel, covers an area of 12,000 km2 and occupies one third of the Mauritanian coastline, i.e. more than 180 km, a wetland of international importance. It is characterised by the abundance and diversity of ichthyological and avian resources (2,600,000 birds distributed among 75 species). The site plays an important role as a nursery for sedentary and migratory species of the West African coast. The largest numbers of birds are limicolae, in particular Calidris alpina and Calidris canutus. The Banc d'Arguin is a buffer zone between tropical and temperate formations (distribution limits of several species). The park is also home to several breeding and endemic species: 30,000 pairs of flamingos, 60,000 piscivores; 8,000 balsaci spoonbills.

The presence of relict mammals (dorcas gazelle and monk seal) on the islands of the park is also a particularity of the site. The park is located between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou, latitudes 19°30' and 21°00'North and longitudes 16°00' and 17°30' West

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Support to the development of environmental NGOs (Imraguen in particular) and training of ecoguides specialised in different disciplines (ornithology, awareness raising...):

Top three successes

Establishment of a sustainable financing system Banc d'Arguin Trust Fund
Involvement of the population in maritime surveillance (reduction of illegal fishing)
Establishment of a network of Imraguen eco-guides, contributing to the improvement of the quality of the reception of visitors

Top three challenges

Capitalisation of several research results, exchange deficit between researchers and decision-makers.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools;  Developing resources / materials


Chami Centre / PNBA Bp 5355 AV Gamal Abdel Nasser du Nouakchott Mauritania;

T: +222 45258541


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